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Mtron MSD, MSD PRO and MSD XTM SSD family  (Source: Mtron)
Mtron steam rolls past SanDisk and Samsung in SSD performance

Solid-state disks (SSDs) are still a long way from entering the regular mainstream market, but that isn't stopping companies from releasing larger and faster products on a continual basis.

SanDisk and Samsung are currently sitting at 64GB with their SSDs. SanDisk's offering features read speeds of 67MB/sec (write speeds are unknown) while Samsung quotes 65MB/sec reads and 45MB/sec writes. Adtron's 160GB SSD trumps both with a maximum read speed of 70MB/sec and maximum write speed of 55MB/sec.

Mtron is leaving all three manufacturers in the dust with its new range of SSDs. The South Korean manufacturer boasts that its new 2.5" and 3.5" drives feature read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec.

According to Mtron, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB drives will be available in September. During the fourth quarter, the company is expected to launch a 128GB SSD in a 1.8" form factor.

Mtron has not released pricing for the drives, but expect to pay a pretty penny considering the read/write speeds of the memory chips being used. For those looking for a more cost-effective solution, there's always SanDisk's new uSSD 5000 lineup.

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RE: Why use the ancient form factors?
By iFX on 9/4/2007 1:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
You ansered your own question. Compatibility.

Do you honestly think the industry hasn't thought about moving to a smaller form factor? Of course they have.

RE: Why use the ancient form factors?
By B166ER on 9/4/2007 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
It was all but impossible with magnetic technology, you can only shrink magnetics so much. But this is a totally different tech. And, I reiterate, compatibility is an afterthought with shrinking such because it is nothing near difficult to provide brackets. Many case manufs and some hard drive makers (at least when the switch to the smaller 3.5" drives happened) provided brackets to allow such fit. Not to mention I'm not talking immediately, but in the meantime, 1.8" is such a scale to thats too impossible to comprehend? C'mon.

By SoCalBoomer on 9/4/2007 4:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Compatibility being that Dell or HP or anyone building desktop computers can begin to pick these up and snap them into existing form factors without modification. Forcing desktop manufacturers to adjust to smaller immediately is going to alienate the manufacturers rather than actually accomplishing anything.

It is an added expense to use brackets - and eliminates the chance for tool-less cases and such.

It will come - force it and you get backlash.

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