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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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By Natfly on 1/12/2007 11:09:37 AM , Rating: 4
I know this is irrelevant, but the 70's called and they want their labels back... That shade of brown is painfully ugly.

On topic, the transfer rate seems pretty decent and hopefully will begin to surpass HDDs soon. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of these if the price was right.

RE: ugly
By jelifah on 1/12/2007 11:34:37 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed on the old school look of the drives.

In regards to your transfer rate comment:
Remember that the transfer rate is fixed because you have direct access to the spot you need. This differs from 'spinning platters hard drives' who have an 'average transfer rate' that gets lowers the further out on the platter your data is.

RE: ugly
By Natfly on 1/12/2007 1:01:22 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for pointing that out, I'd really like to see some in-depth benchmarks and real world comparisons between the SSDs and current HDDs (both laptop and standard 7200rpm drives). There's a youtube video showing the boot of ssd vs hdd fujitsu laptops with the ssd coming out significantly ahead but it doesn't show any real numbers.

RE: ugly
By LVHQ on 1/13/2007 11:57:52 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, the transfer rate gets lower the the further inside the data is on disk based HDDs, being that the platters spin at a constant rate. Furthermore, it's odd that the article would list the "maximum transfer rate" of the drive. I wonder if this would vary much from an average transfer rate.

RE: ugly
By Ringold on 1/12/2007 12:04:25 PM , Rating: 3
Since I can't remember ever seeing a gorgeous hard disk, I'll take any style at all over aluminum box, even if it is the 70s. :)

RE: ugly
By Polynikes on 1/12/2007 1:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
Good thing you won't have to look at it once it's installed. :P

RE: ugly
By Dactyl on 1/12/2007 9:17:53 PM , Rating: 3
Good thing you won't have to look at it once it's installed.
I have an acrylic window on my laptop, with some CCFLs to light it up. This would look hideous inside. I modded a 2.5" SATA drive with a clear acrylic window on top so you can see the drive spin (like a WD Raptor). Also, the water cooling tubes use neon purple glow-in-the-dark coolant. They keep the dual 7900GS MXMs cool. Putting this in would make it look like TRON or something. (no, not really)

RE: ugly
By Jkm3141 on 1/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: ugly
By johnsonx on 1/13/2007 11:56:48 AM , Rating: 2
dude, chill, he was kidding!

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