Thursday, January 18th 2007

A-DATA Shows off Massive 128GB Solid State Drive


A-DATA has shown off prototypes of an upcoming solid-state drive for ExpressCard, IDE and SATA interfaces. The samples have capacities of 32, 64 and 128 GB. The 32 and 64 GB drives come in 1.8" form factors while the 128 GB drive is in a 2.5" size. Solid state drives promise to be much faster than traditional hard drives. Since there are no moving parts, the drives can reach sustained read speeds of 62 MB/s and have an access time in the sub-millisecond range. Regular hard drives typically have access times between 8 and 19 ms. In addition, SSDs promise to enhance battery life by a few minutes. A-Data didn't specify the price, but did say that mass production should start late Q1 2007.Source: THG
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12 Comments on A-DATA Shows off Massive 128GB Solid State Drive

#1
ktr
sweet and very good read and seek speeds! how are the write times? that's where SSD fail...
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#2
Wile E
Power User
I'd be game for these, if write speed is up to snuff, and they aren't retarded expensive.
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#3
tigger
I'm the only one
a 32gb for windows and a 128gb for games.yaaaaay
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#4
OnBoard
I'd like to know how long will these last. One year? Two years? No mechanical failure will happen, but write times are surely limited to some number, like memory sticks. If life expectancy is somewhat close to HDD, I wouldn't mind 4 of those big ones. Heat and noise should be sweet compared to 2 low noise cool running HDDs :) Not that I have money for them, as they propably cost a fortune, but someday one for Windows would be kewl :P
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Are these drives like the memory drives?? Im just not too keen on what it means.
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#6
OnBoard
They are flash-memory based. And seems like current flash is good for years, some manufactures claim even 10 years according to wiki. So for Windows drive seems ok, but drop in swap there (what is tempting) and disk usage is a whole lot bigger. Seems like these will be just a wet dream for gamers for a while (a lot) longer:

"According to SanDisk, their 32GB SSD could increase the end-user price by "around $600" when released in laptops computers in the first half of 2007"

"SanDisk is showing their 32GB madman right here at CES. Better yet, they're happy to let us know that within a year from launch, they should drop in price by some 60%. So we're talking 32GB SSDs for what, $250 by Q2 of 2008? Golly."

Hopefully there will be more (and cheaper) manufacurers soon and also 3.5" variants. I wan't one before 2010 :/
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#7
rikuete
Next year I put these in my PC when I build new one. Capasity is going up and fast.
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#8
xylomn
these seem to be doubling in size every week

very promicing though, I can't wait for these to truely take over from hard drives, much better with no moving parts less to go wrong
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#9
error_f0rce
Now if they only had a SSD RAID controller on the market... :D :rockout:
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#10
infrared
They're using a ide/sata interface, so i'm assuming they'd work in raid just as a regular raid setup would. That would at least get the read speed up a bit i guess. But it's expensive enough with just one of them :(

When/If the SSD's can start reaching over 150mb/s sustained i might be interested :)
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#12
EastCoasthandle
infrared said:
They're using a ide/sata interface, so i'm assuming they'd work in raid just as a regular raid setup would. That would at least get the read speed up a bit i guess. But it's expensive enough with just one of them :(

When/If the SSD's can start reaching over 150mb/s sustained i might be interested :)
Obtaining a sustained 60mb/s is impressive enough. That should equal roughly 1/3 increase in performance when compared to the WD Raptor.

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