Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the launch of its new next generation SSD720 SATA III 6Gb/s solid state drive (SSD) that delivers significantly improved computer performance over standard rotating hard drives. Designed with multitasking power users in mind, the productivity-enhancing SSD720 is the ideal solution for demanding system applications, such as specialized multimedia computing and advanced gaming. Enhanced Performance Combining the latest SATA III 6Gb/s specification with a powerful SandForce-Driven controller, the SSD720 is able to offer incredible transfer speeds of up to 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write, taking a mere 15 seconds to transfer a 5GB DVD. This ultra-fast speed translates into significantly faster system boot up, application launch speed, data transfers, and overall system responsiveness. Moreover, support for Native Command Queuing (NCQ), increases the performance and efficiency of the SSD720 by optimizing the order in which received read and write commands are executed. High-End Applications Featuring a tough yet lightweight metal outer case, the SSD720 boasts a super slim thickness of just 7mm to address the size limitations of today’s modern Ultrabooks, notebooks, and other thin and light form factor devices. Although smaller in size, the 7mm SSD720 uses the same SATA connector used on a 2.5” hard disk drive (HDD) and is backwards compatible with SATA II/I (3Gbps/1.5Gbps) interface. Built with reliable NAND flash memory that contains no moving parts, the SSD720 not only provides resistance from shock and vibration, but also offers low power consumption and cool, silent operation to greatly benefit notebook users with increased efficiency and longer battery runtime. Built-In Reliability For Windows 7 users, the SSD720 fully supports the TRIM command to automatically remove deleted data permanently, helping to maintain optimum write speeds and prevent long-term SSD wear. For operating systems that do not support the TRIM command, the SSD720 utilizes an intelligent garbage collection algorithm for advanced free space management. To further increase the lifespan of the SSD, built-in wear-leveling and Error Correction Code (ECC) ensure reliable data transfer, while full support of the S.M.A.R.T. command helps detect possible hard drive failures before they occur. Transcend’s SSD720 is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, and backed by a three-year warranty.