SanDisk today announced the company's first consumer SSD with 3-bits per cell (TLC) flash technology. The new Ultra II is the successor to the award winning Ultra Plus SSD we first tested in January of 2013.
SanDisk calls the comapany's special flavor of TLC flash X3 NAND Flash Technology. The Ultra II also progresses SanDisk's nCache technology, now up to version 2.0 after the original nCache found on the Ultra Plus and nCache Pro found on the Extreme PRO.
SanDisk's Dashboard tool for SSDs is progressing nicely. The software will feature anti-virus, cloning and even theft recovery by the time the Ultra II comes to market.
SanDisk Unveils New SanDisk Ultra II SSD-An Easy, Cost-Effective Solution to Supercharge Your PC
Milpitas, Calif., August 19, 2014 -SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the new SanDisk Ultra® II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new drive is designed to deliver a cost-effective and easy upgrade solution for PC owners looking to improve performance, battery life, and power efficiency. The enhanced SSD Dashboard provides visibility into the drive's performance, security, and available firmware updates, to maintain peak performance at all times.
"We live in an era where we expect to have information at our fingertips anytime, anywhere, with technology that keeps us connected to both our personal and work lives on devices that won't fail," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of retail product marketing at SanDisk. "The new SanDisk Ultra II SSD, together with the improved SSD Dashboard, provides consumers with an easy, affordable way to ensure that their PC can keep pace with their increasingly connected, information-driven lifestyle."
Everything You Do On Your Computer, Faster
With the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD you can upgrade your hard disk drive-based PC to experience up to 28 times performance improvement and up to 15 percent longer battery life.The drive features sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s* and write speeds of up to 500 MB/s*, allowing for faster boot up time and shorter application loads. Based on X3 NAND Flash technology, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes equipped with nCache 2.0 technology that utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize drive speed and endurance. The drive is also shock resistant, which keeps data safe even if the computer is bumped or dropped.
Easy to Use SSD Dashboard Monitors Drive Status and Management
The SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes with the enhanced SanDisk SSD Dashboard, which displays the drive's performance, manual or scheduled TRIM, available firmware updates and tips on how to maintain the drive at its peak operation. Users can choose from 17 different languages and get assistance from "Live Chat" and "Ask a Question via Email" buttons. Additional value-added software features of the SanDisk SSD Dashboard include:
- Cloning- Ability to create an exact replica of an old drive onto the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD in three easy steps with Apricorn's EZ GIG IV. With the cloning software, there is no need to re-install the operating system, programs or settings.
- Antivirus- Easy-to-use security for what consumers do most online - email, socialize, and browse with Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+.
- Theft Recovery- Created by Absolute Software, Absolute® LoJack is the leader in consumer data protection and theft recovery, providing a persistent solution that can locate a device if stolen and return it to the rightful owner.
"Consumers upgrading their PC for a faster experience with the SanDisk Ultra II SSD want the data migration process to be easy," said Mike McCandless, vice president of sales and marketing, Apricorn, Inc. "We're excited to partner with SanDisk to provide the Apricorn EZ Gig cloning software to SanDisk customers for simple data migration from slower hard disk drives. EZ Gig is available either through the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard software suite or within the SanDisk SSD Conversion kit and works with all SanDisk client SSDs."
The SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes with a 3-year warranty and will be available online and through SanDisk's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in September. It will be offered in capacities of 120GB (MSRP $79.99), 240GB (MSRP $114.99), 480GB (MSRP $219.99), and 960GB (MSRP $429.99). For more information on the SanDisk Ultra II SSD, please visit http://www.sandisk.com/products/SSD/sata.