Western Digital enters the solid state disk fray. Again

Disk drive manufacturer Western Digital said it has started shipping its SiliconDrive N1x solid state drive family.

The SSD use a native S-ATA interface capable of reading speeds at up to 240MB per second and write speeds of up to 140MB/s. The SiliconDrive N1x products come with a five year warranty.

This family, says WD, complements its SiliconEdge Blue SSDs, which are cheaper than the new family but still provide claimed highread/write speeds.

The SiliconDrive family include proprietary WD technology as well as Native Command Queuing and Windows 7 TRIM command support.

The firm claims other SSDs have forced idle times, and the need for an external refresh utility,  while its products don’t.