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Ritek to unleash 16GB and 32GB Flash SSD drives in Q2

Samsung has really been on the ball with the advancement of Flash Solid-State Disk (Flash SSD) drives. SanDisk recently decided to throw its hat into the ring, too. Not to be left out, Ritek has decided to join the party as well.

The company announced that it will deliver RiDATA branded SSDs with capacities of 16GB and 32GB in Q2 2007. The drives will be available in 1.8" and 2.5" form-factors with ATA and IDE interfaces.

Ritek also stated that it will be looking to OEMs and channel customers for distribution of its SSDs. SanDisk, on the other hand, is looking to limit distribution of its drives to notebook OEMs.

Ritek has confirmed Samsung will likely be the primary manufacturer for its solid-state drive. If Samsung does indeed provide the memory chips, it would likely be the new 50 nanometer multi-level cell (MLC) chips with vastly improved read/write performance.

As for pricing, Riteks’s new drives will be ultra competitive with existing solutions. The 16GB version will have an MSRP of $265 USD for the 1.8” version and $270 USD for the 2.5” version. Pricing for the 32GB version was not released, but it likely will easily undercut the $600 premium commanded by the 32GB SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000.

A 64GB version of the drive is also due to be released later this year. We will bring you more information as soon as it is available.

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RE: AData goes one up ...
By therealnickdanger on 1/10/2007 11:03:00 AM , Rating: 2
That is f***ing awesome. The hidden price and the lack of performance numbers makes me anxious, but just the fact that they have a 128GB flash drive is so awesome. SSD really seems to be catching up quickly to HDD. I mean, we're not at 750GB SSD yet, but we've gone from 4GB to 128GB a lot faster than HDDs did. If this pace continues, 512GB or even 1024GB SSD is probably going to appear at CES 2008...

RE: AData goes one up ...
By leidegre on 1/11/2007 3:51:35 AM , Rating: 2
Suppy & Demand,

The demand for a larger storage device has not been that great in the past, (size mattered, but little was requiered), today, SSD enter at the absolut minimum of an MP3 player, and has to compete with over 10 years of HD storage. It's like Moore's law, except 10 times faster.

Now I probably would cool off a bit, and see if it's possible to get good read/write performance from a SSD device in the near Q3/Q4. No moving parts, less power, less heat, that's simply fantastic, but I want read/write performance to.

RE: AData goes one up ...
By codeThug on 1/11/2007 10:31:41 AM , Rating: 2
yah and they better have really cool blinky led's and stuff on 'em too.

RE: AData goes one up ...
By therealnickdanger on 1/11/2007 10:41:52 AM , Rating: 2
LOL, true, everything is cooler with blinking LEDs.

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