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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 jadeskye on 6/17/2009 4:32:38 AM , Rating: 2
Not only that, Western digital are perhaps one of the top 3 best HDD producers for performance. Hopefully the legacy of the raptor will follow WD into their SSDs. We need a new model to join intel and OCZ's top of the line.


RE: Cool
By inperfectdarkness on 6/17/2009 6:34:50 AM , Rating: 2
i hope they keep the raptors going. i'd prefer to have the raptors drop in cost to levels very close to hdd's (per Gb).

when that happens, they'll make great mass-storage drives.


RE: Cool
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/17/2009 12:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
drop in price to levels of hdd's? raptors ARE a hdd.....


RE: Cool
By DerwenArtos12 on 6/18/2009 1:37:09 PM , Rating: 2
And yet they're practically priced like an SSD.

Ok, not quite that bad, but they're about half way between...


RE: Cool
By therealnickdanger on 6/17/2009 10:43:00 AM , Rating: 2
I think I just wet myself thinking about a Raptor SSD. Of course, I think the only way they will be able to compete will be a PCIe device like OCZ and Patriot (and others I'm sure) are making. SATA is just too slow nowadays for top o'the line.


RE: Cool
By teohhanhui on 6/17/2009 2:17:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather have them make entry-level SSDs that are actually affordable. Like a SSD counterpart of the VelociRaptor with similar price and performance.


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