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OCZ Technology Group, a leading supplier of advanced computer components, has introduced solid-state drives (SSDs) aimed at users who want to upgrade storage capabilities of their netbooks or cost-efficient notebooks which storage capacity became insufficient. The new SSDs require MiniPCI Express connector, thus, are compatible only with modern laptops.

“We have developed this small form factor SSD product to ensure we are covering as many end-user solid state storage needs as possible. With the addition of the Mini PCI-Express series to our SSD line-up, OCZ is enabling those owners of compatible UMPC and Netbook solutions to experience the quieter, cooler, and more durable alternative to traditional notebook hard drives,” said Ryan Edwards, director of product management at the OCZ Technology Group.

There are two versions of OCZ’s MiniPCI Express SSDs with either Parallel ATA or Serial ATA internal interfaces: PATA provides maximum 45MB/sec read and 35MB/sec write speeds, whereas SATA sports fast 110MB/s read and 51MB/s write speed. The miniPCI Express SSDs are available in 16GB and 32GB capacities.

Flash-based storage consumers considerably less compared to traditional hard disk drives, which is a huge benefit for mobile devices. However, miniPCI Express SSDs from OCZ may not be the best choice for replacement of HDD-based devices since many netbooks, ultra-mobile personal computers and notebooks come with proprietary software placed on built-in storage and swapping SSDs may be a rather complicated task.

All OCZ miniPCI-E drives come backed a two year warranty and OCZ’s service and support. Pricing of the novelties has not been announced.

Tags: OCZ, SSD, Flash

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