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BiTMICRO's latest SSD offers tons of space and likely a huge price tag

When it comes to solid state disks (SSDs), pricing concerns have ensured that consumers only see relatively small storage capacities. While traditional mobile 2.5" HDDs can be had in capacities of up to 300GB, typical consumer SSDs are only available in sizes of 32GB or 64GB. Despite those meager capacities, pricing hovers around $450 and $1,000 respectively for both.

Some manufacturers have bucked the trend by offering larger capacity SSDs aimed at industrial and military markets. Mtron, Adtron and PQI offer SSDs in capacities of up to 128GB, 160GB and 256GB respectively.

Thanks to the latest bit of news to come through the DailyTech inbox, we can report that BiTMICRO is surpassing all rivals with a 416GB 2.5" ATA-133 SSD. The E-Disk Altima family of SSDs (4GB to 416GB) uses single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory and offer 133MB/sec burst speeds. BiTMICRO also claims that the drive has sustained read/write speeds of 100MB/sec and can crank out 20,000 Random IOPS.

"The launch of the E-Disk Altima series of cutting-edge solid state flash drives will usher in a new computing era, where solid state mass storage will combine with multi-core processors to deliver unprecedented levels of performance required by next-generation operating systems and applications," said Rudy Bruce, BiTMICRO Networks' Executive VP for Marketing and Sales.

BiTMICRO will ship samples of its E-Disk Altima family in Q1 2008 and production models will ship in March 2008.

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Does this drive need a toilet?
By ProviaFan on 9/11/2007 3:31:54 PM , Rating: 6
"BiTMICRO also claims that the drive ... can crap 20,000 Random IOPS."

I'm not sure what the author was trying to tell us, but I doubt that this is it. : )

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By spe1491 on 9/11/2007 3:34:44 PM , Rating: 3
beat me to it... I was trying to remember when that became a technical description....

By therealnickdanger on 9/11/2007 3:34:48 PM , Rating: 5
Don't be jealous just cuz you can't crap out random IOPS.

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By trivik12 on 9/11/2007 3:36:49 PM , Rating: 2

I am sure only Bill Gates and Steve jobs etc can afford this drive. Cost only 1.4 jigabillion.

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By FXi on 9/12/2007 7:51:22 AM , Rating: 2
Of course if you have to ask the price you can't afford it...

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By Brandon Hill on 9/11/2007 3:36:56 PM , Rating: 5
If I could crap that fast, I'd need a lot more than 416GB of space ;)

By AstroCreep on 9/11/2007 5:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
You? Think about all those poor people with irritable bowel syndrome. :(

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By TomZ on 9/11/2007 3:54:42 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to add to this thread, but I do have to say that mistake was quite funny.

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By danrien on 9/11/2007 4:44:30 PM , Rating: 2
why did he have to correct it.... can we view the original version somehow?

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By bhieb on 9/11/2007 5:28:33 PM , Rating: 2
I know if we cannot correct a post, DT should have to leave it (or at least mark the change instead of removing it completely). How funny!

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By erikejw on 9/11/2007 9:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
The closes you will get to the original version.

RE: Does this drive need a toilet?
By bdewong on 9/11/2007 4:48:20 PM , Rating: 1

By Seemonkeyscanfly on 9/11/2007 5:12:35 PM , Rating: 1
OK, it's old, I missed the boat...but I just have to say it.


OK, now that I've said it I'm much better...

BiTMICRO's latest SSD...
By justinburton on 9/11/07, Rating: 0
RE: BiTMICRO's latest SSD...
By kkwst2 on 9/11/2007 6:20:36 PM , Rating: 1
Was this simply a cheap shot based on the mistake, or are you serious?

By my calculations, if this is sustained rate, then it's pretty impressive.

I think typical desktop HDD have MAX rates of around 1000 Mb/sec = 125 MB/sec

Typical 7200 RPM notebook drive is 700 Mb/sec = 88 MB/sec

So 100MB per sec would be slightly above piss poor, somewhere in between the max transfer of the fastest notebook drive and a fast desktop HDD. And that's max. I'm sure the sustained rate of a HDD is slower.

RE: BiTMICRO's latest SSD...
By DeepBlue1975 on 9/11/2007 6:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
Desktop drives don't reach 125MB peak speed, not even the WD Raptor.
Notebook drives... They'd at best dream of reaching a max of 88MB/s, which is more like the max STR a good desktop drive achieves (I'm not talking about burst rates, just bare-disk rates)

Besides, the biggest SSD promise is not so much about high STR, but rather about mind-blowing low access times, almost 2 orders of magnitude lower than those of dinosaurical (err... mechanical) HDDs (HDDs measure there access times in single digit milliseconds at best, SSDs can boast access times measured in a few tenths of nanoseconds)

RE: BiTMICRO's latest SSD...
By kkwst2 on 9/11/2007 7:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I was using the manufacturer's reported theoretical transfer rates, which are usually greater than real-world performance. Several HDD's claim max STR of 1000 Mb/sec. Since we're using the manufacturer's claim for the SSD, I figured I should compare it to the HDD claims instead of real-world.

Agreed that the current advantage is low access times, but STR is important for transferring large files. If this drive really reaches 100MB/sec STR, it's better than all current consumer HDD's, right? I was just pointing out that the parent not correct, though I suspect they were more interested in playing off the "crap" mistake than being factual.

RE: BiTMICRO's latest SSD...
By PlasmaBomb on 9/11/2007 7:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
The latency of SSD is a few tenths of a millisecond :D

RE: BiTMICRO's latest SSD...
By DeepBlue1975 on 9/11/2007 8:16:59 PM , Rating: 2
You're absolutely right.
I can't believe I said "tenths of nanoseconds" instead of "tens of nanoseconds" :(

Sorry for that my crappy mistake :D

RE: BiTMICRO's latest SSD...
By Visual on 9/12/2007 7:06:12 AM , Rating: 2
well if it's tenths of a millisecond then it should be hundreds of thousands of nanoseconds, or hundreds of microseconds.

SATA too
By ninjit on 9/11/2007 3:50:09 PM , Rating: 5
I thought it was odd to see this was coming out for ATA-133 with no mention of SATA, but the bitmicro website lists both ATA-133 and SATA versions for the Altima line, so expect to see the 416GB offering for SATA as well.

RE: SATA too
By Quryous on 9/11/2007 4:06:55 PM , Rating: 4
Wish they would come out with a form 54 Express Card at nice high speed reads and writes. That field is RIPE, with the introduction of Sony's new SERIES of solid state HD Video Camcorders like the PMW-EX1 and its kin to follow. Sony charges two arms and 3 legs for 8GB and 16GB cards, in a time when I would expect the smallest size to be 64GB at more reasonable cost. Come on guys, give'em some competition. I know LOTS of cameramen who are dying to get cheaper cards.

By DeepBlue1975 on 9/11/2007 4:42:00 PM , Rating: 2
I've read the article twice, but I couldn't find reference to the probable price of this puppy.
The $.45k - $1k+ reference is about "other ssd drives out there"...

I'm sure that kind of storage space combined with those vertiginous speeds won't come cheap...
Maybe I'll trade my house for one of those, while maybe only paying a very little extra cash in the process :D

RE: Hmmm
By Warren21 on 9/11/2007 7:11:09 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, I cannot believe you just referred to 450 as .45k ... It's one less keystroke, easier to type and much less awkward to read...

RE: Hmmm
By DeepBlue1975 on 9/11/2007 8:12:41 PM , Rating: 3
It's a psychological problem I have.
I remember when I was three and got mad and my dad when he said something like "1 kilometer and 100 meters" instead of "1.1 kilometers".
Not talking about that friend I felt obliged to kill because he said something like "I'll wait for you in 2 hours and 45 minutes" instead of just saying 2.75 hours. The pity about he being dead is that I can no longer recriminate him about such atrocity... Shoulda thought about not killing him and doing something less radical like breaking his legs or some other innocent stuff.

(BTW: just for the sake of clarification... I'm kidding :D )

Holy Crap!
By acer905 on 9/11/2007 3:30:26 PM , Rating: 5
Unholy storage space Batman...

Only a matter of time
By kmmatney on 9/11/2007 8:00:24 PM , Rating: 3
It's only a matter of time before these replace stndard hard drives - like how LCDs replaced the CRT. One the manufacturers start cranking out enough flash memory, prices will start to fall.

I don't get is why we aren't seeing any 32GB flash based MP3 players yet. The new nano is still only 4 or 8 GB - sheesh.

By czarchazm on 9/11/2007 11:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
I must say, this is one of the most positive and light-hearted thread reads I have had on DailyTech. I mean, it's not like I'm expecting the funnies section of the newspaper, but a positive take on articles and comments sure is refreshing!

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