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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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RE: I hope these become mainstream soon
By corduroygt on 2/26/2007 11:39:28 AM , Rating: 2
With your link, I realized that 8 GB CF costs about $80. Add a CF-PCMCIA adapter for around $10 and you have a super fast SSD drive.
When I disable hibernation, disable virtual memory (I have 2 GB in my notebook), and move the C:\Documents and Settings\corduroygt folder to D:\corduroygt (MS has a kb article telling how to, it is a 5 minute process), my C drive with office 2007 and some apps is about 6 GB.
Can I just make the 8GB PCMCIA CF my C drive, which will reside on the PCMCIA slot that I dont use in my notebook, and for everything else I can use the D drive, which is the 2.5" HDD in the notebook? This sounds very doable, only if XP supports booting from PCMCIA CF, which I couldn't get much info on by googling. Would there be many rewrites (ruining the CF) on C, if there was no swap file and the user profile folder was in a different drive?

I think that would be the best of both words for now, cheap cost and I believe windows booting times and general responsiveness would increase.
Anyone try it?

By Hawkido on 2/26/2007 12:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
Windows boot time may decrease slighly. The bulk of the boot time is hold-off-timers for your devices to respond, so drivers can load correctly. your HD's really don't hit that often on boot up, only right before your sign-on and right after.

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