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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: Performance not only factor
By Lazarus Dark on 1/10/2007 6:44:54 PM , Rating: 2
Now what I'd like to see is even smaller form factor as I am fairly certain they could fit 16GB in a 1" drive. And then we will need some sort of new plug and play standard for removable flash ssd's with full sata bandwidth so we can move them from laptop to desktop to school/work whatever and use virtualization to run our personal os and applications wherever we go. That would be ideal. That way I don't have to download and install firefox on every damn computer I come across before I can go on the web- I'm not touching IE ever again accept to go straight to the getfirefox website and back out.

RE: Performance not only factor
By mindless1 on 1/11/2007 10:44:34 AM , Rating: 2
You have fallen into the "oh, if only it were (a little faster, smaller, and the other is usually cheaper)" false premise.

No matter how fast it were, people would still do the same thing, wishing for it smaller and faster and trying to justify holding out till some particular point.

The particular point is already past. There is no new plug and play standard needed. There is no need for full SATA bandwidth to do as you described. Virtualization to just run apps from a flash disk was already here years ago, the only major limit was capacity per $ which is here yesterday.

The only real limitation in what you want to do is that you're not doing it, by choice. All the tech was sufficient already even before they started bundling flash chips into a pseudo-HDD case, and CF had ATA interface even CF3 ATA66 speed, along with the USB2 support for a thumbdrive or CF reader, there is no new use opened up by removable SDD with SATA, it would just get a little faster but then everything gets a little faster and we didn't hold off on mechanical HDD till SATA either.

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