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PQI's 64GB SATA Flash SSD drive

PQI 64GB PATA and SATA Flash SSDs at Computex
PQI announces 64GB SATA Flash SSD drive... again

While companies like Samsung , SanDisk and RiTek have been touting their 32GB Flash SSDs which feature Parallel ATA (PATA) interfaces, PQI has upstaged the companies by (re)announcing a 64GB Flash SSDs with both PATA and Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces.

We first saw PQI's 64GB Flash SSDs at Computex in June. At the time, PQI said that the drives would be shipping in August. Well, August came and went and not a peep was heard from PQI.

With the competition starting to heat up in this sector, PQI has stepped up its efforts to get its Flash SSDs in gear. PQI's 2.5" Turbo SATA SSD will be available in capacities up to 64GB and will have a maximum transfer rate of 100MB/sec.

The SATA design also makes the drive more attractive to notebook OEMs. SATA has high penetration in the notebook sector and has effectively been shutting out PATA hard drives. With the smaller cable size, PQI's SATA solution becomes a more attractive offering than the competition.

Pricing and availability is not yet known for the 64GB SATA Flash SSD, but hopefully PQI doesn't leave us hanging like it did when it first announced the drives.



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ugly
By Natfly on 1/12/2007 11:09:37 AM , Rating: 4
I know this is irrelevant, but the 70's called and they want their labels back... That shade of brown is painfully ugly.

On topic, the transfer rate seems pretty decent and hopefully will begin to surpass HDDs soon. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of these if the price was right.




RE: ugly
By jelifah on 1/12/2007 11:34:37 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed on the old school look of the drives.

In regards to your transfer rate comment:
Remember that the transfer rate is fixed because you have direct access to the spot you need. This differs from 'spinning platters hard drives' who have an 'average transfer rate' that gets lowers the further out on the platter your data is.


RE: ugly
By Natfly on 1/12/2007 1:01:22 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for pointing that out, I'd really like to see some in-depth benchmarks and real world comparisons between the SSDs and current HDDs (both laptop and standard 7200rpm drives). There's a youtube video showing the boot of ssd vs hdd fujitsu laptops with the ssd coming out significantly ahead but it doesn't show any real numbers.


RE: ugly
By LVHQ on 1/13/2007 11:57:52 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, the transfer rate gets lower the the further inside the data is on disk based HDDs, being that the platters spin at a constant rate. Furthermore, it's odd that the article would list the "maximum transfer rate" of the drive. I wonder if this would vary much from an average transfer rate.


RE: ugly
By Ringold on 1/12/2007 12:04:25 PM , Rating: 3
Since I can't remember ever seeing a gorgeous hard disk, I'll take any style at all over aluminum box, even if it is the 70s. :)


RE: ugly
By Polynikes on 1/12/2007 1:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
Good thing you won't have to look at it once it's installed. :P


RE: ugly
By Dactyl on 1/12/2007 9:17:53 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Good thing you won't have to look at it once it's installed.
I have an acrylic window on my laptop, with some CCFLs to light it up. This would look hideous inside. I modded a 2.5" SATA drive with a clear acrylic window on top so you can see the drive spin (like a WD Raptor). Also, the water cooling tubes use neon purple glow-in-the-dark coolant. They keep the dual 7900GS MXMs cool. Putting this in would make it look like TRON or something. (no, not really)


RE: ugly
By Jkm3141 on 1/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: ugly
By johnsonx on 1/13/2007 11:56:48 AM , Rating: 2
dude, chill, he was kidding!


Might work
By OrSin on 1/12/2007 9:59:50 AM , Rating: 2
Why not make them 1.8 drives for the ultraportal market.
2.5 is ok and it could work but my guess if your only going to do 64GB its going to on system thats not for productive, but for portablity




RE: Might work
By TheShniz on 1/12/2007 10:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if it'd B best to wait for the second round of drives for better performance (supposedly so)... BUT, I'd definately like to replace the Raptor in my desktop for an even faster SSD drive :)


RE: Might work
By toant103 on 1/12/2007 10:15:34 AM , Rating: 2
Quick boot-up time would be nice on these drive.


RE: Might work
By ceefka on 1/12/2007 11:32:39 AM , Rating: 2
100MB/s not fast enough? I'm assuming that this SSD will actually reach that speed in sustained read/write. That might not look like a lot, but it twice the average of a HDD (30 - 40MB/s).


RE: Might work
By cupocoffee on 1/12/07, Rating: 0
RE: Might work
By ADDAvenger on 1/13/2007 12:12:45 AM , Rating: 3
No no no, that 3Gbps is the SATA II interface, it's the hard drive's connection, that has nothing to do with how fast the drive can actually spit out data. Your first numbers are correct though. This drive, with 100MBps and the extremely reduced latencies will blow away any traditional hard drives (assuming this isn't marketing crap). I don't know how it will compare to a Raptor in raw performance, but I'll wager the 10MBps difference is overshadowed by the latency advantage. The things are silent too, which is never a bad thing.


Oooohhh Baby!
By underline21 on 1/12/2007 10:36:48 AM , Rating: 2
I cant wait until these things are reasonably priced!




RE: Oooohhh Baby!
By jelifah on 1/12/2007 10:39:28 AM , Rating: 2
The previously mentioned 32GB SSD Drive for under $200 seemed pretty reasonable to me.


RE: Oooohhh Baby!
By underline21 on 1/12/07, Rating: -1
RE: Oooohhh Baby!
By CascadingDarkness on 1/12/2007 2:59:57 PM , Rating: 2
Be realistic, if your waiting for these to drop to 2GB per $1. As everyone has said before it will be a long time before SSD replaces platter drives for media. You would buy one of these for your OS/system files.

Remember too, this is 2.5" as in laptop size. These drives cost more like 1GB to $1. I know SSD is 1GB to $6, but I think that is competitive for 1st gen with little market penetration so far. Just wait a year and you should be more than happy with prices. If your like me you won't be able to wait that long. =)

Maybe someday it will completely replace spinning discs, but with cost it won't be anytime soon. I certainly wouldn't mind paying a little extra for super quick boot time and core files loading at 100MB/s constant.


RE: Oooohhh Baby!
By The Sword 88 on 1/12/2007 3:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
So could I just swap my Dell E1705's current drive with one of these? And then reinstall windows and all that but will it work hardware wise?


RE: Oooohhh Baby!
By ADDAvenger on 1/13/2007 12:15:15 AM , Rating: 2
Of course it will, that's why they're making these things. Any needed controllers and firmware will be installed inside the drive itself, just like they do with current spinning HDDs.


RE: Oooohhh Baby!
By rippleyaliens on 1/13/2007 8:35:15 PM , Rating: 2
Actually that is Cheap for that type of storage.
$200 for a device that offers 4x the Disk IO of a traditional HIGH end hard drive is CHAZZEEPP.
I got a quote from Texas MEmmory systems, that specializes in HIGH disk IO subsystems, and Using Solid state drives, the cost for 96gb was in the 100K range. So $200 is a steal.

If you cant afford it, then maybe you dont really need it.


How long will they last?
By Hulk on 1/12/2007 11:30:50 AM , Rating: 2
I remember reading each cell can have about a million write operations and there will be logic to use each cell evenly.

But for the average user if this is the C: drive how long will it last? Or as various areas become unstable will the logic close them down and the disk space will slowly grow smaller and smaller?




By lobadobadingdong on 1/12/2007 11:47:46 AM , Rating: 2
mean time between failure will be lower than disk drives, this was discussed in great detail in the previous announcement of these drives.


RE: How long will they last?
By IGoodwin on 1/12/2007 2:19:23 PM , Rating: 3
Here is a link to an earlier DailyTech article about the technology in solid state drives:

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4962

The artical suggest the life expectancy of these drives to be many years and that they fail all at once, due to the theory of eaven wear algorithms.


Holds breath....
By shabodah on 1/12/2007 10:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
I was really expecting to see things in quantity sooner. My crazy head has 6x32GB in mind, with Raid of some sort, of course, lol.




RE: Holds breath....
By VooDooAddict on 1/12/2007 12:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
RAID 5 on these sounds like an interesting exercise for those worried about failure.

One of the most exciting parts about this is ... I wonder what the WD Raptor team is coming up with next ... they will have a bit more competition.


By heulenwolf on 1/12/2007 1:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
When will we see one in a Dell or HP laptop? Not that UMPCs aren't nifty and all but businesses buy oodles of laptops from the big guys.




Can't wait!
By edge929 on 1/15/2007 11:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
I can't wait until these are actually out and priced reasonably. I'll pay $200 for 32GB model all day. Make it $250 for 64GB and I'll have their babies.

Current HDDs are they bottleneck in 99% of systems today. This will effectively add a trubocharger to any CURRENT system.




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