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Ridata launches new SSD

News on the solid state disk (SSD) front has been rather quiet in the past few weeks, but Ridata is making news today with the announcement of its new 32GB 2.5" SATA SSD.

The new 32GB SSD is aimed at the mobile sector -- as its 2.5" form factor suggests -- and has a MTBF of four million hours. Read speeds for the new drive are listed at 60MB/sec while the write speeds are pegged at a meager 48MB/sec.

The performance fares favorably with Samsung's mainstream 64GB SSD which offers read/write speeds of 65MB/sec and 45MB/sec respectively. Mtron’s outrageously priced SSDs, on the other hand, put both to shame with read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec.

"Our new Ridata SSD offers exceptionally consistent high performance in all environments," said Advanced Media President Harvey Liu. "Compared to a traditional HDD the Ridata SSD is smaller; uses half as much power; is ultra lightweight; offers incredibly fast boot and access times; and operates at a low temperature with no mechanically moving parts. It is the ideal HDD replacement for OEMs, ODMs and system integrators as well as consumers."

The 32GB model will be available in the coming weeks, while a 64GB variant will come to market in late November. Pricing for the 32GB part is listed at $999 while the 64GB model will be priced closer to launch.

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new this, new that
By semo on 10/8/2007 6:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
where are the "old" ssds we read so much in the past few months. apart from the odd samsung here and there they are virtually non existent.

i imagine that as soon as ssds are manufactured and packaged, they are put on a conveyor belt at the end of which there is a huge trash can. when the trash can fills up with ssds, a tester digs one out at random for a quality check. the can is then sealed and taken away by a fork lift truck (huge investment has been made to modify the flts to be able to handle trash cans). the flts then load the trash cans onto huge robot driven dump trucks (technology later used by the vw touareg team to win the darpa challenge). a crane is used to distribute the trash cans evenly across the dump body. ssds are finally delivered to an electronics recycling plant 150 miles away.

rate me down all you like but that's how i picture it. no other way to explain the high prices and low availability.

RE: new this, new that
By HrilL on 10/8/2007 9:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ever think of supply and demand? SSD's are high priced because there is a very low supply and demand is higher then that supply. Also all new tech comes at high prices. Also keeping a low supply will keep the prices high longer.

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