OCZ just issued a press release revealing that LG is using OCZ's brand new 7.5mm 2.5" SSD in their P220 laptop. Note that regular 2.5" drives have height of 9.5mm, so OCZ's new SSD is 2mm (21%) thinner. LG is utilizing a 128GB model but we don't know if other capacities are available too. This SSD is based on an Indilinx controller, which supports SATA 6Gb/s, but no other specs are known as of now. This is Indilinx's (well, OCZ's since they are one and the same nowadays) first SATA 6Gb/s controller, meaning that we have absolutely no idea of what to expect. We don't know whether this SSD will be publicly available or not, as OCZ doesn't have anything else but the press release about this. 

As a whole, thinner 2.5" form factor is nothing new because 7mm hard drives have existed for awhile, for example Seagate Momentus Thin. Intel also offers its X25-M G2 with 7mm height. There are even mSATA SSDs with height of less than 5mm, but the connector is also different.

2.5" SSDs with height of 7-7.5mm might have a market in some ultraportables but most OEMs will most likely settle for mSATA SSDs due to their even smaller form factor. OCZ also joined the mSATA club very recently with their Nocti mSATA SSD.

Source: OCZ

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  • Troff - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    But where's my Vertex 3 fix? Reply
  • Lord 666 - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    Its coming in the 7mm part. OCZ says "Thank you" for funding their R/D and product development by purchasing the early adopter special Vertex 3. Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    Different controllers. The same bugs shouldn't be present. Reply
  • josephjpeters - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    The issue sounds like it will be fixed with 2.13. Apparently Intel Chipsets have faulty SATA ports (Spec'd wrong). The posts were treating some V3's as an external drive which have a different power profile then an internal drive. The new firmware is supposedly going to mimic an Intel 510 so it should be good. http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread... Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    Why bother with 7.5mm 2.5" SSDs when we can jump straight to mSATA drives? Color me confused. Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Friday, September 16, 2011 - link

    To be honest, I don't see the point either. Others have also said that many SSDs are convertible to 7mm by removing some plastic. Reply
  • code65536 - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    A lot of SSDs are already 7.5/9.5mm convertible. E.g., my Crucial SSD. By default, it's 9.5mm. But if I need it to be 7.5mm, there is a removable plastic spacer that I can take out and, voilà, it's 7.5mm! I think Intel does the same with their SSDs. It makes absolutely no sense to make a 7.5mm SSD when you could so easily make one that's convertible between the two thicknesses that would appeal to a broader market??! Reply
  • TemjinGold - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    So avoid the LG P220. Gotcha. Reply
  • noeldillabough - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    My Intel 320 drive fits in 7mm, if you take the plastic riser off. Had to get some screws from a very helpful guy in intel's community forum (if you read this thanks man!) but all in all it fit perfectly into my Lenovo X220 netbook. Reply

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