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Flash Memory Summit Coverage - Part 1 - SSD Form Factors

By: Jason Aikins and Chris Ramseyer | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2009 4:08 am

SSD Form Factors


Flash Memory Summit Coverage with Jason Aikins


Why are we stuck with form factors created for platter drives that were designed twenty years ago? For the enterprise, rack storage could be designed to be much more efficient if SSD products broke free from its past and moved on to new frontiers.


Well, the truth is we are starting to see new shapes and sizes when dealing with SSDs. The PhotoFast G-Monster-Promise PCIe uses PCIe, as does the Fusion-io. We already know how these products perform and they are just the start. RunCore has also lead the charge with their upgrade PCIe mini-card devices for netbook applications.


Future trends are being established now. Products like CFast, a Compact Flash evolution is based on SATA and will achieve between 50 and 100 MB/s performance. CUBE / Stacked SSD looks exactly like the name implies. These are 86% smaller than 2.5" drives found in notebooks today and are designed for performance as well as capacity per inch.


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