Lexar Media announced today the expansion of the Crucial line of products to include solid state disks. This marks the first step for Crucial into the SSD world, with Lexar pitching them as more reliable than traditional drives. They aren't announcing anything we didn't see last year, with their first drives being available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The drives are expected to be available early this year.

The advent of SSD units marks a shift in the fundamental technology behind mass storage on desktop and laptop computers, which could also mark a change in the companies manufacturing them. Now, companies which formerly had no say or play in the hard drive market suddenly have a technology available to them that gives them an advantage. It is interesting to watch, and it is interesting to see companies never before in the hard drive market suddenly announcing hard drive products.

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