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Ridata launches new SSD

News on the solid state disk (SSD) front has been rather quiet in the past few weeks, but Ridata is making news today with the announcement of its new 32GB 2.5" SATA SSD.

The new 32GB SSD is aimed at the mobile sector -- as its 2.5" form factor suggests -- and has a MTBF of four million hours. Read speeds for the new drive are listed at 60MB/sec while the write speeds are pegged at a meager 48MB/sec.

The performance fares favorably with Samsung's mainstream 64GB SSD which offers read/write speeds of 65MB/sec and 45MB/sec respectively. Mtron’s outrageously priced SSDs, on the other hand, put both to shame with read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec.

"Our new Ridata SSD offers exceptionally consistent high performance in all environments," said Advanced Media President Harvey Liu. "Compared to a traditional HDD the Ridata SSD is smaller; uses half as much power; is ultra lightweight; offers incredibly fast boot and access times; and operates at a low temperature with no mechanically moving parts. It is the ideal HDD replacement for OEMs, ODMs and system integrators as well as consumers."

The 32GB model will be available in the coming weeks, while a 64GB variant will come to market in late November. Pricing for the 32GB part is listed at $999 while the 64GB model will be priced closer to launch.

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I want one of these...
By shabby on 10/8/2007 6:00:39 PM , Rating: 5
640gb, almost 1gig transfer speeds *drool*

RE: I want one of these...
By semo on 10/8/2007 6:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
if this comes out at $30/gb it would be very good value for money compared to the highest performance ssds on the market right now. this could easily be vaporware.

RE: I want one of these...
By Jammrock on 10/9/2007 8:50:16 AM , Rating: 2
You do realize that at $30 per GB the 640 GB model of the Fusion-io will cost $19,200 USD and the 80 GB model will run $2400. While very fast, it's not going to put SSDs out of business any time soon at those prices.

While a fantastic idea, until Fusion-io gets some serious competition and high-speed NAND (or some future non-volitile like PRAM or MRAM comes out) prices drop the Fusion-io will be strictly for the corporate and ultr-high end workstation market.

RE: I want one of these...
By HrilL on 10/8/2007 9:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
I saw that when it was posted. It looks like some awesome tech and it completely owns the competition. It also seems like the more logical approach at advancing SSD tech. As for vaporware like semo states it could be. The benchmarks seem legit to me and it didn't seem like they had anything to hide. I was actually surprised to not see this posted on DT.

RE: I want one of these...
By cheetah2k on 10/9/2007 5:00:52 AM , Rating: 1
it just needs to be PCI-E x16 slot compatible rather than the PCI-E x1 slot shown...

RE: I want one of these...
By Googer on 10/9/2007 4:45:49 AM , Rating: 2
Just check out the video

RE: I want one of these...
By shaw on 10/9/2007 10:26:55 AM , Rating: 2
If anandtech reviews it and has amazing real gaming application performance then that would make all the difference.

new this, new that
By semo on 10/8/2007 6:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
where are the "old" ssds we read so much in the past few months. apart from the odd samsung here and there they are virtually non existent.

i imagine that as soon as ssds are manufactured and packaged, they are put on a conveyor belt at the end of which there is a huge trash can. when the trash can fills up with ssds, a tester digs one out at random for a quality check. the can is then sealed and taken away by a fork lift truck (huge investment has been made to modify the flts to be able to handle trash cans). the flts then load the trash cans onto huge robot driven dump trucks (technology later used by the vw touareg team to win the darpa challenge). a crane is used to distribute the trash cans evenly across the dump body. ssds are finally delivered to an electronics recycling plant 150 miles away.

rate me down all you like but that's how i picture it. no other way to explain the high prices and low availability.

RE: new this, new that
By HrilL on 10/8/2007 9:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ever think of supply and demand? SSD's are high priced because there is a very low supply and demand is higher then that supply. Also all new tech comes at high prices. Also keeping a low supply will keep the prices high longer.

By Polynikes on 10/8/2007 4:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
The article isn't very exciting (yay, another SSD I can't afford and whose performance isn't worth the price) but the picture is funny. :)

still too small
By Silver2k7 on 10/9/2007 4:50:48 AM , Rating: 2
When they get to say 320 Gb it will be more interessting.

Right now im almost freshly installed.. not many games at all installed and c: is at about 100 Gb.. so say minimum disk that I would even consider would probably be 250 Gb.

By AvidDailyTechie on 10/9/2007 1:57:19 PM , Rating: 2
MTBF of four million hours

is that true? if so does that mean it'll really last a few hundred years? or at least as long as you'll ever need it??

By FrankM on 10/9/2007 4:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
When the Creative Zen Micro came out, it was very popular - among photographers for it's MicroDrive. The player with the 4GB Hitachi 1" drive was a bit over a hundred bucks. Meanwhile, the same MicroDrive separately (without a player, mind you) was sold for ~$400...
I don't know exactly how expensive (or cheap) nand chips are, but price gouging will surely not get this technology up and running in high demand, especially not when HDDs became so cheap nowadays.

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