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BiTMICRO promises super-capacity solid-state disk for Q3 2008

No, you didn't just misread the title to this article. BiTMICRO Networks is moving forward with plans to announce an 832GB SATA 2.5" solid-state disk (SSD) at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

The new 832GB SSD is a part of BiTMICRO's E-Disk Altima family and uses multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory to increase storage densities. BiTMICRO claims that the drive will "deliver sustained rates of up to 100 MB per second and up to 20,000 I/O operations per second."

"This latest product pre-announcement seeks to establish BiTMICRO’s commitment to deliver solid state storage in all market applications," said Rudy Bruce, BiTMICRO's Executive VP for Marketing and Sales. "We are excited to offer E-Disk Altima SATA flash solid state drive as a PC and enterprise storage alternative offering the best-in-class capacity, performance and reliability."

The 416GB counterpart to BiTMICRO's newest SSD entry was announced in early September 2007. At that time, BiTMICRO said that samples of its E-Disk Altima family would ship in Q1 2008 with production availability coming in March 2008.

BiTMICRO has since revised that forecast and projects that samples of the E-Disk Altima will be available during Q2 2008 with production models ranging from 32GB to 832GB coming in Q3 2008.

Pricing hasn't been announced for the massive 832GB drive, but expect to pay a pretty penny. Considering that 128GB SSDs can hover around the $4,000 USD mark, it's not too far-fetched to project that an 832GB SSD could be had for the price of a BMW 1-Series.

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RE: One question
By Oroka on 1/4/2008 5:58:52 PM , Rating: 3
For the price, no one NEEDS it. For raw storage SSD will not be economical for the better part of a decade. A 1TB external HDD would be a much better solution. You dont need crazy speed for storage.

This product is more of a 'I was there first' offering, I doubt it is even ment to be pratical, just generate media attention. Untill this article, I had never even heard of BiTMICRO... so even if they dont sell a single unit, they have acheived thier goal IMO.

RE: One question
By mindless1 on 1/4/2008 11:19:14 PM , Rating: 2
On a positive note, they're developing tech that will help improve performance and reliability of future generations, while flash price:capacity will continue to fall.

All we need is to remember what 4GB of flash cost in 1998 compared to now, and be a little patient about the future. No matter how much capacity or how fast it was, you'd get used to it and still just want more, by you I mean everyone, we like to see advancements.

RE: One question
By FredEx on 1/5/2008 9:00:32 AM , Rating: 2
Somebody always has to be, 'I was there first'. That is part of advancing ahead. BitMicro has been around for about 8 years doing work in this same field. I'll predict solid state storage will be economical far less than a decade from now. Possibly as soon as 2010.

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