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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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Great!.... But....
By rudolphna on 6/16/2009 5:21:48 PM , Rating: 1
Ok I am glad WD is getting in the market, I love their HDDs, I won't buy anybody elses.... But does anybody else see a potential problem here? Unless the price is substantially lower than others available, the speeds for these drives seem... Well, underwhelming to be honest.

RE: Great!.... But....
By Natfly on 6/16/2009 5:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
The drives are designed for embedded systems, not consumer use. They are probably more focused on reliability and power use than pure speed. But that being said, without the specs, who knows for sure.

RE: Great!.... But....
By walk2k on 6/16/09, Rating: 0
RE: Great!.... But....
By PrezWeezy on 6/16/2009 7:23:47 PM , Rating: 3

These numbers are actually rather similar to Intel's drives, although Intel squeezes out an extra 30 MB/s in read. The fact is that even though there are several drives out there that offer "better" numbers, those aren't realistic. Sequential performance is almost completely useless for a desktop or any system drive. What you really want is random and they didn't give us numbers for that (at least in the article). I believe these could end up being faster than the OCZ drives, perhaps coming close to Intel. We just won't know until they get tested thoroughly.

RE: Great!.... But....
By philosofool on 6/16/2009 7:40:34 PM , Rating: 4
Theoretical read/write speeds mean very little in SSD performance. Performance in many tasks is mostly a function of the memory controller, not peak performance numbers. You have to look at benchmarks to get an idea of how well they perform.

RE: Great!.... But....
By cheetah2k on 6/16/2009 9:49:49 PM , Rating: 1
Traditionally, its been Seagate, Hitachi, and other mainstream hard drive manufacturers to hit the market with new tech, while WD patently waited to see market interest.

I'm extremly impressed that WD has beat even Seagate this time ( who seemed to have dropped the ball moving into SSD.

Good stuff WD. All I need now is for them to make 1.8" PATA drives (currently only micro SATA in that size) for my Macbook Air & Viliv S5 Mid :-D

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