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
"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.