Dell announces flash-based solid-state drive for Latitude laptops

Dell has announced the availability of solid-state drive (SSD) technology for its Latitude D420 and D620 laptops.

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Dell has announced the availability of solid-state drive (SSD) technology for its Latitude D420 and D620 laptops.

Aimed at enhancing the durability and performance of Dell's "ultra-mobile" laptop offerings, the move comes on the heels of a similar SSD announcement Sony made for its Vaio Type-G earlier this month.

As opposed to the traditional hard disk drive (HDD), which relies on spinning discs and read/write heads, the SSD is a flash-based drive that requires no moving parts. As such, it can withstand twice as much force as an HDD, according to Dell impact testing, which also showed that notebook hardware breaks before the drive does.

The 1.8-inch 32GB SanDisk SSD, which SanDisk announced in January, increases performance by as much as 23% and is three and a half times less likely to fail when compared with HDDs currently available for the Latitude line, Dell said. The product will be available in Europe in the near future.

As for Dell's SSD plans going forward, chief technology officer Kevin Kettler said the company is committed to offering the SanDisk SSD option across its next generation of Latitude laptops.

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