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PQI's 64GB SATA Flash SSD drive

PQI 64GB PATA and SATA Flash SSDs at Computex
PQI announces 64GB SATA Flash SSD drive... again

While companies like Samsung , SanDisk and RiTek have been touting their 32GB Flash SSDs which feature Parallel ATA (PATA) interfaces, PQI has upstaged the companies by (re)announcing a 64GB Flash SSDs with both PATA and Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces.

We first saw PQI's 64GB Flash SSDs at Computex in June. At the time, PQI said that the drives would be shipping in August. Well, August came and went and not a peep was heard from PQI.

With the competition starting to heat up in this sector, PQI has stepped up its efforts to get its Flash SSDs in gear. PQI's 2.5" Turbo SATA SSD will be available in capacities up to 64GB and will have a maximum transfer rate of 100MB/sec.

The SATA design also makes the drive more attractive to notebook OEMs. SATA has high penetration in the notebook sector and has effectively been shutting out PATA hard drives. With the smaller cable size, PQI's SATA solution becomes a more attractive offering than the competition.

Pricing and availability is not yet known for the 64GB SATA Flash SSD, but hopefully PQI doesn't leave us hanging like it did when it first announced the drives.

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RE: Might work
By TheShniz on 1/12/2007 10:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if it'd B best to wait for the second round of drives for better performance (supposedly so)... BUT, I'd definately like to replace the Raptor in my desktop for an even faster SSD drive :)

RE: Might work
By toant103 on 1/12/2007 10:15:34 AM , Rating: 2
Quick boot-up time would be nice on these drive.

RE: Might work
By ceefka on 1/12/2007 11:32:39 AM , Rating: 2
100MB/s not fast enough? I'm assuming that this SSD will actually reach that speed in sustained read/write. That might not look like a lot, but it twice the average of a HDD (30 - 40MB/s).

RE: Might work
By cupocoffee on 1/12/07, Rating: 0
RE: Might work
By ADDAvenger on 1/13/2007 12:12:45 AM , Rating: 3
No no no, that 3Gbps is the SATA II interface, it's the hard drive's connection, that has nothing to do with how fast the drive can actually spit out data. Your first numbers are correct though. This drive, with 100MBps and the extremely reduced latencies will blow away any traditional hard drives (assuming this isn't marketing crap). I don't know how it will compare to a Raptor in raw performance, but I'll wager the 10MBps difference is overshadowed by the latency advantage. The things are silent too, which is never a bad thing.

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