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Adtron's 96GB SATA SSD
Adtron's solid-state discs will offer read speeds of up to 70MB/sec

Flash solid-state discs (SSDs) have generated a lot of interest from mobile users in the past few months. SanDisk has showed off its 32GB 1.8" SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000 back in January, while Ritek plans on launching 16GB, 32GB and 64GB SSDs later this year. Adtron is upping the ante with a 160GB SSD which will be available in SATA and IDE versions.

"New geometries and chip densities in SLC NAND enable Adtron to significantly expand the capacities of its industry leading high performance products," said Alan Fitzgerald, CEO of Adtron. "In addition, the economics of these new flash drives combined with the increased capacities in standard form factors, greatly expand the applications among our historic flash disk customers in the industrial and defense markets, as well as addressing bandwidth intensive server and storage acceleration applications in a much broader emerging market previously the domain of HDD products."

The IDE (I25FB) and SATA (A25FB) versions of Adtron's SSDs use SLC NAND flash memory and will be available in a standard 2.5" notebook form-factor. The I25B IDE SSD offers read speeds of up to 70MB/sec and write speeds of up to 60MB/sec. The A25FB is just a tad bit slower at 65MB/sec and 55MB/sec respectively.

The drives also feature the ArrayPro Performance Engine which enables the fast read/write speeds as well as Erasure Data Security which provides military-level protection. "ArrayPro separates an Adtron flash disk from the low-end single array SSD’s and those that employ caching technologies that require battery back-up and whose performance are highly application dependent," said Alan Fitzgerald, Adtron Chief Technology Officer.

There is no word on pricing or availability for Adtron's SSDs, but be prepared to shell out some big bucks. For reference, SanDisk's 32GB drive is pegged at around $600 while Ritek's 32GB drive will likely come in slightly below that figure so you do the math.

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When the f are they coming?
By Mudvillager on 2/25/2007 6:08:08 PM , Rating: 5
There's been like one million SSD HDD announcements like this one in the past few months but I haven't seen a single one in stores. SSDs are easily the thing I'm looking most forward to in 2007, so PLEASE let there be availability soon!

BTW, 160GB SLC? Wouldn't that be unbelievably expensive?

RE: When the f are they coming?
By Captain Orgazmo on 2/25/2007 6:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
70MB/s read speeds are extremely good for flash. Couple that with nonexistent seek times, and no moving parts, and I think we are looking at a real, viable HDD replacement here. Of course, just like when new HDD technologies and densities came out years ago, this new technology will be quite pricey. I remember when 1GB HDDs were over $3000. I can easily see the 160GB version costing that much or maybe even more. Of course its target market (military/commercial) has that kind of dough to fling about, so it should sell well for now. However, I don't see this coming within reach of consumers for at least 2 years, and mainstream for 5 years. Hopefully by then that newfangled "phase change" flash technology will become practical.

RE: When the f are they coming?
By MrTeal on 2/25/2007 6:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously the noise performance of a SSD is no comparison to that of a standard HDD, but does anyone know how the thermal dissipation compares to a standard 160GB HDD?

RE: When the f are they coming?
By sandytheguy on 2/26/2007 2:17:51 AM , Rating: 3
Flash memory uses much less power than a HDD therefore it will give off much less heat. So the thermal dissipation is negligible.

RE: When the f are they coming?
By AlmostExAMD on 2/26/2007 4:37:31 AM , Rating: 1
No moving parts, Means no friction and less power = less heat! It's all good, Only price and capacity are the issues.

RE: When the f are they coming?
By pnyffeler on 2/25/2007 6:20:14 PM , Rating: 5
He said it might be $600 for 32GB and suggested us to do the math. 5x32 = 160, so we might be able to get this for the low low price of $3K, give or take.

At that price, a vendor might sell you the drive and throw in a laptop to house it for free....

RE: When the f are they coming?
By daftrok on 2/25/2007 7:03:20 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know if you were being sarcastic or not but that just might happen.

By theapparition on 2/25/2007 10:06:14 PM , Rating: 3
Just for a frame of reference, I am currently using a 250GB flash drive on a project. That single drive costs over $15,000.

Granted, it's rated for harsh enviroments, and it has a FiberChannel interface, rather than IDE or SATA, but it gives you a clue how expensive they are right now.

What I'm really looking forward to on the desktop sector is hybrid HDD's. Vista supports them, but I am curious if there is any difference between that and ReadyBoost.

RE: When the f are they coming?
By Mudvillager on 2/26/2007 4:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but they are probably using MLC chips = much, much cheaper.

RE: When the f are they coming?
By tinyface on 2/25/2007 11:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
The cost for this drive may not seems that high if you look at today's market price ( of about $1/Gb SLC. Then 160GB=8*160Gb -> $1500 for the flash memory in this drive. Give it 3 years, you will be talking about maybe $500 for such a drive.

PS: I am working for a memory manufacturer, so I really don't wish Flash price to drop to 10% its current value 3 years later like what happened in the past two year. So I guess a reasonable entry point for flash to penetrate into laptops, UMPC, portable media player (like IPOD video) is at density of 32or 64GB for a price within $200.

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