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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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Nice to have a cheap adaptor but...
By jak3676 on 4/4/2007 4:58:36 PM , Rating: 5
last time I checked CF prices, 8GB was still about $100. Anything larger than that was real expensive. So we're looking at 16GB of storage drive for ~$200 - $250.

I guess that's cheaper than some of the SSD's out there, but don't loose the all important algorithms that SSD manufacturers use to manage the write patterns and prevent early burnout. I'd be afraid if you used this in a typical laptop as a primary drive for windows you'd be pretty disappointed in the CF failure rates.

Don't get me wong I'm not saying this isn't without good uses, but I don't see this being a mainstream product.

By fic2 on 4/4/2007 8:05:06 PM , Rating: 3
Newegg has 8G CF starting at $75.

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