SanDisk has introduced a line of flash memory-based solid-state drives (SSDs) that are specifically designed for the emerging new category of portable consumer electronics - called - depending on who you ask UMPCs, Ultra Low-Cost PCs (ULCPC), "netbooks" or sub-laptops.

The SanDisk pSSD drive eliminates the need for a hard disk drive and can store both the operating system and application data for these new devices.

SanDisk is making the new SSD modules available in 4-, 8- and 16-gigabyte capacities, with a streaming read speed of 39 megabits per second (Mbps) and a streaming write performance of 17Mbps.

Supporting both Linux and Microsoft Windows XP operating systems, the SanDisk pSSD solid state drives are being shown this week at Computex Taipei and are expected to be available starting in August.