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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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Holds breath....
By shabodah on 1/12/2007 10:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
I was really expecting to see things in quantity sooner. My crazy head has 6x32GB in mind, with Raid of some sort, of course, lol.




RE: Holds breath....
By VooDooAddict on 1/12/2007 12:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
RAID 5 on these sounds like an interesting exercise for those worried about failure.

One of the most exciting parts about this is ... I wonder what the WD Raptor team is coming up with next ... they will have a bit more competition.


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