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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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By semo on 2/25/2007 7:30:07 PM , Rating: 2
Flash solid-state discs (SSDs) have generated a lot of interest from mobile users in the past few months
so what about us desktop users? maybe i didn't get the memo we weren't interested.

why are all new mass storage technologies unleashed on laptops first? apart from the extra 30 mins battery life that new stuff also improves performance. i'm willing to bet there are more desktop users that spend more money to get more performance than the average big money spender laptop user.

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By Zelvek on 2/25/2007 8:47:09 PM , Rating: 4
I would guess it is because you can by a few adapters and still use them on a desktop but you can't do the same for a laptop.

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By semo on 2/26/2007 10:35:07 AM , Rating: 1
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By MonkeyPaw on 2/26/2007 11:21:21 AM , Rating: 3
It's perfectly reasonable to make SSDs for notebooks first. Think of the abuse that notebook HDDs undergo everyday. A desktop drive sits in a secure, ventilated case on a stable, level surface. 2.5" drives are crammed in with a bunch of other poorly cooled components that get collectivly slung around almost everyday. While spinning, a 2.5" drive has to deal with people moving around--rarely is the drive running at the same plane for very long, unless it's on a desk/table. It's amazing 2.5"s last as long as they do.

Also, notebooks are taking away from the desktop market, so it makes sense to design for 2.5" first. Notebooks are also a place where companies can charge more for their products. Desktops are not as limited by room for extra capacity, and several solutions are available for fast, stable access to data (iRam, RAID arrays, using multiple HDDs). Add to that the fact that the price and capacity of HDDs for desktops is far more appealing than an SDD equivalent, and it makes the SSD desktop market really really small. Why buy one 160GB SSD when you could purchase 10-20 300GB HDDs for the same price? You could have a dozen backups of your files and still be more economical!

I'm not saying that we will never see SDDs for desktops, but rather we will not see many of them until they can offer comperable capacity as HDDs while being sold for less than $500.

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By jak3676 on 2/26/2007 2:56:08 PM , Rating: 2
If you need that kind of performance on a desktop, just look to a nicely RAID'd system. A few 10K or 15K SAS drives should do the job. When you don't really need to be concerned about space then the performance/price or performance/capacity comparisons are about equal. The reason SSD is aiming a the notebook market first is that you can't get the kind of performance elsewhere - and still fit it into a laptop.

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By CascadingDarkness on 2/27/2007 3:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
A good reason to start with laptops is the fact spinning HDs shouldn't be beaten around. Yeah, they have improved settings to stop them when they could be damaged.

Tell that IT personnel dealing with one DOA failed HD a day. We've got 3,000 sales reps to support, and every day they are down is lost revenue. I sure wouldn't mind DOA HD to be a rarity in future.

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