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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: We don't need capacity from SSD...
By amanojaku on 1/4/2008 10:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
The WD Raptor is a great drive but has a piss-poor GB/price ratio and as a result hasn't seen significant adoption. I would rather have a storage medium that can do everything and doesn't skimp on the necessities.

On the high side:
Capacity, performance, and reliability.

On the low side:
Energy usage, heat generation, footprint and price.

With all of the above (and any other positive I've missed) everyone would be happy. So bring on the capacity and lower the prices!

RE: We don't need capacity from SSD...
By Jedi2155 on 1/5/2008 4:15:25 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 160 GB raptor and I'm getting strained by its size limits. I could RAID it but i'm not a fan of RAID anymore. A 300+ GB SSD at a affordable price range (I'd say between $1.50-2.50 per GB is what i'm willing to pay), and i'd go straight for it.

RE: We don't need capacity from SSD...
By ikkeman on 1/9/2008 1:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
you'd pay $1000 for an HD?

By chance1138 on 1/10/2008 10:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
No, he would pay $750.

RE: We don't need capacity from SSD...
By awer26 on 1/5/2008 11:11:47 AM , Rating: 2
It's a performance drive, so of course it's going to have a low GB/price ratio - it's called the law of diminishing returns.

As soon as they make 500GB drives with the same performance as the Raptor, people will stop buying the Raptor. At this point, someone will have to release an even faster HDD, which will of course have a low size/price ratio, and then the cycle repeats

By Crystalysis on 1/10/2008 10:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still happy storing data on my punch cards.

By bunnyfubbles on 1/5/2008 1:56:12 PM , Rating: 3
Right, the Raptor's performance doesn't necessarily justify its increased cost, however SSD has true potential of actually offering fairly insane performance benefits... for example...

700MB/sec read, 600MB/sec write, all with the insane access times of flash drives...

Right now the cost of such a drive keeps it pretty much exclusively aimed at enterprise solutions, however the minute they (or someone else with a similar product) can get even their meager 80GB model into a price range that is the lesser half of a grand, I think we'll start to see a whole bunch of enthusiasts snatch them up.

For those of you with Raptors having problems involving running out of space, you have too much crap installed to it. You put your OS and most important apps/games on it, everything else goes on much larger and cost effective drives. The same holds true for such a performance oriented solid state drive.

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