Western Digital Introduces Its First Consumer-Oriented Solid-State Drives

WD Intros SiliconEdge Blue SSDs for Consumers

by Anton Shilov
03/03/2010 | 12:24 PM

Western Digital has unveiled its first solid-state drives (SSDs) designed for consumers. The new drives boast with high performance and will allow WD to offer something even more advanced than the company’s VelociRaptor hard disk drives (HDDs).


WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and will feature up to 250MB/s read speed, up to 170MB/s write speed along with Serial ATA-300 interface. Western Digital claims that, just like all the latest SSDs, its solid-state drives support Trim command that optimizes performance, but fails to disclose the controller, which powers the drive. Since the SiliconEdge Blue is aimed at consumers, it is based on multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory.

Although Western Digital is a relatively new player on the market of SSDs, the company does have a lot of experience in creation of solid-state drives thanks to acquisition of SiliconSystems back in 2009.

"The development of the WD SiliconEdge Blue product family leverages WD's extensive experience in designing and manufacturing highly reliable storage products and the company's worldwide sales and distribution network to accelerate SSD technology adoption by OEMs, technology enthusiasts, gamers and road warriors. Customers who demand the ultimate in performance will find the WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs exceed all their requirements,” said Michael Hajeck, senior vice presidentand general manager of WD's solid state storage business unit.

WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs are available through select distributors and resellers. The manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) for WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD 64 GB is $279, the 128GB model costs $529 and the 256GB product costs $999. The WD SiliconEdge Blue drive comes with a three-year limited warranty.