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64GB flash discs will be available in PATA and SATA flavors

We are finally starting to see some real technological breakthroughs in the area of mobile storage after a long period of stagnation. 2004 saw the rise of speedy 7200RPM hard drives while this year saw the introduction of perpendicular recording which allows data to be recorded in a smaller area. Just yesterday, DailyTech reported on Seagate's hybrid solution which pairs a traditional hard drive with perpendicular recording technology to 256MB of non-volatile flash for better performance, increased battery life and faster booting in Windows Vista.

Today, PQI is showing off new drives that mimic Samsung's 32GB Flash-SSD.  PQI, with the help of Samsung NAND flash memory chips, has new 64GB IDE and 64GB SATA 2.5" storage solutions for mobile users. The drives, which are due for release in August, are by nature more rugged, lighter, cooler and more efficient than traditional hard drives with a spinning disc. And best of all, there are absolutely no moving part so no more listening to your hard drive whir while you’re typing away and no more clicking and thrashing as you open up Photoshop or perform other disk-intensive operations.

Pricing has not been announced on the new 64GB IDE and SATA 2.5" drives, but rest assured that the new drives will be many times more expensive than even the fastest 7200RPM hard drives on the market today. As the market matures and more players enter the fray, we are sure to see a steady fall in prices. In fact, Samsung predicts that the global market for NAND flash based drives will increase from $540M USD in 2006 to over $4.5 billion USD in 2010. With growth like that, there will always be a premium for NAND-based disks over traditional hard drives, but the price differential should be much more manageable than it is today.

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This isn't new
By shady28 on 6/11/2006 5:20:07 PM , Rating: 4

I'm not sure what's new about this. Solid state disks have been around a while :

Some of the performance comments here are way off base. Transfer rate is only one measure, and for most people it is the least important.

When you 'hear' your hard disk, you are hearing the head move back and forth. Access time is the major killer, ie the time to move that disk head to a spot on the disk and read the data.

If you look at the specs on that disk linked above, the access time is measured in micro seconds. Regular disks the access time is in milliseconds. These solid state disks have access times that are 1/20th what a normal hard disk has.

The result - look at the IOPs readings for these things. 1500-16000 IOPs on a 2.5" disk. Folks, that is 3x to 30x more IOPs than the fastest of 15K RPM SCSI disks out there.

In a 2.5" drive.

With the exception of applications where you need to just stream data (like playing or serving up a video), these things are killer. For multitasking scenarios, databases, or just switching back and forth between a lot of apps they are far superior to conventional hard disk technology.

RE: This isn't new
By Clauzii on 6/12/2006 6:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
'Dat was a nice link - thanks. Lifesaver.... :)

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