Western Digital Rolls Out First Branded Solid State Drives

Irvine-based Western Digital has rolled out its very first, WD-branded solid state disk drives (SSDs), the company announced this morning. Western Digital said its new WD Blue and WD Green solid state drives are aimed at the PC and workstation market. The WD Blue offers capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, and are performance driven, with 545MB/s and 525MB/s sequential read and write speeds. The drives start at $79.00. The WD Green SSD is available in 120GB and 240GB, and offer up sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 405MB/s, and also are "ultra-low power draw" drives, which WD says will be targeted for "everyday use". Those drives are not yet available and pricing was not released. Western Digital said the branded drives come due to "significant demand" from its resellers and consumers for flash-based storage.