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Addonics provides a cheap and simple way to add solid-state storage

Addonics has introduced a new CompactFlash to IDE adapter that will give users a relatively cheap and simply way to add solid-state storage (SSD) to their notebook computers.

Addonics’ single-slot AD44MIDECF and dual-slot AD44MIDE2CF accept CompactFlash cards and plug into a standard 2.5" IDE connector. The adapter features an LED light for drive access, supports CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, is bootable and supports almost any operating system imaginable.

The best thing about the adapter is its affordability. The single-slot version comes in at $25 USD while the dual-slot version can be had for just $30 USD.

Century came up with a similar idea with its 4-slot 2.5" Secure Digital IDE SSD adapter. That device, however, is priced at a whopping $265.92 USD.

Interest in SSDs have been growing in recent months as more annoucements have been made and prices have fallen to somewhat reasonable levels. Within the past month, SanDisk has introduced a 32GB 2.5" SSD priced at $350 USD while Samsung is touting its new 64GB SSD which offers read/write speeds of 65MB/sec and 45MB/sec respectively

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Not so novel
By Flunk on 4/4/2007 3:46:43 PM , Rating: 4
They have had these converters for a while. The compact flash interface is actually a scaled down IDE connector so these converters are fairly easy to make. These have been popular with the mini-itx and embedded communities for quite a while.

Anyway, still a good product and the ability to mount it directly in a notebook with no modifications makes it easier than ever.

RE: Not so novel
By Souka on 4/4/2007 4:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
I guess if u must have SDD....and can afford FAST Hi-CAP CF cards......

but for much less, you get a faster through put, bigger capacity, and likely more reliable traditional HD.

But SDD does offer better shock resistence and low latency....

RE: Not so novel
By jak3676 on 4/4/2007 5:02:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm curious what the access times and read/write speeds would be like. Highly dependant on the quality of CF cards I know, but I'm not even sure you'd see a big improvment over modern traditional hard drives.

Time to go research CF cards I guess.

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