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
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.