Looking to do their part in helping drive prices down to more affordable levels, Ridata today announced three new solid state drives that utilize the slower, but cheaper, multi-level cell technology. The new line of SSDs is called the Ridata Ultra-S Plus series and will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

The SSDs connect to notebooks and PCs via a traditional SATA connection and feature read and write speeds of 128MB/s and 80MB/s, respectively. The company claims the drives store two bits of data per cell, providing fast performance and low power consumption at a more affordable price - $169.90, $294.90, or $537.90 depending on capacity.

All three versions will be released later this month. Ridata's pricing for their new drives is almost in line with OCZ's new Core Series SSDs, albeit a bit more expensive on the 64GB and 128GB models. They are nonetheless faster and cheaper than Super Talent's recently announced MasterDrive MX line.