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HDD maker WD launches new line of SSDs

Western Digital today launched its SiliconDrive III solid state drive storage products, with technology based from its acquisition of SiliconSystems in March.

WD will release 2.5-inch SATA and PATA and a 1.8" Micro SATA that have read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 80MB/s, with storage capacities up to 120GB.

The SSDs are being targeted for the enterprise market, though it's likely WD will release SSDs designed more for home PC users.  Pricing and availability remain unknown for the SiliconDrive III line.

"SiliconDrive III is the first example of how WD plans to productize solid state technology developed by SiliconSystems," WD SSD business unit vice president Michael Hajeck said in a statement.  "The launch of SiliconDrive III will also enable WD to leverage its global sales and distribution channels to accelerate the adoption of SSD technology beyond SiliconSystems' traditional embedded systems OEM customer base into data streaming applications such as multimedia content delivery systems and data center media appliances."

SSDs remain more expensive than traditional hard disk drives, but are growing in popularity as the storage capacity and price per gigabyte continues to drop.  The lack of moving parts means they are more stable and also run cooler than regular HDDs, which make them ideal in the data center.

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RE: Cool
By Regs on 6/16/2009 5:14:11 PM , Rating: -1
Not unless the suppliers that give them the parts says otherwise. Remeber the diode for the blue ray and how expensive they were to make when they first came out?

RE: Cool
By xti on 6/16/2009 5:20:13 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Cool
By amanojaku on 6/16/2009 5:22:24 PM , Rating: 5
I guess you haven't seen the $130-$250 Blu-Ray players, then. They used to be $1000 and up. No matter how expensive someone wants to sell a product SOMEONE will come out with a cheaper one. That's competition for you.

RE: Cool
By xsilver on 6/16/2009 6:11:38 PM , Rating: 5
sssshhhh! Otherwise you wont get a present from communist santa.

its a potato btw.

RE: Cool
By drebo on 6/17/09, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By Belard on 6/17/2009 9:27:56 AM , Rating: 3
Lets not forget about the Torture Bunnies.

They love water.

RE: Cool
By therealnickdanger on 6/17/09, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By erple2 on 6/17/2009 3:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he won't go on vacation as much ...

RE: Cool
By Belard on 6/18/2009 7:13:47 AM , Rating: 2
Too bad the idiot didn't move back there and live, since he spent SOOOO much time there.

Don't forget, how much time is "vacationed" during 2001, since he had nothing else important to do.

RE: Cool
By Chocobollz on 6/17/2009 2:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
No.. He mean Santa Claus.. in a communist country, that's why he said "Communist Santa".. Pretty obvious huh? No? Well.. tell you what, I think I don't really knows what he's talking about :P

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