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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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How long will they last?
By Hulk on 1/12/2007 11:30:50 AM , Rating: 2
I remember reading each cell can have about a million write operations and there will be logic to use each cell evenly.

But for the average user if this is the C: drive how long will it last? Or as various areas become unstable will the logic close them down and the disk space will slowly grow smaller and smaller?




By lobadobadingdong on 1/12/2007 11:47:46 AM , Rating: 2
mean time between failure will be lower than disk drives, this was discussed in great detail in the previous announcement of these drives.


RE: How long will they last?
By IGoodwin on 1/12/2007 2:19:23 PM , Rating: 3
Here is a link to an earlier DailyTech article about the technology in solid state drives:

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4962

The artical suggest the life expectancy of these drives to be many years and that they fail all at once, due to the theory of eaven wear algorithms.


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