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COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 We just finished talking about Intel's G45 Express based HTPC that it had setup behind closed doors.
Possibly one of the reasons it was performing so well was the fact that it wasn't using no traditional hard disk drive, it was using an SSD.
Intel has been making noise of late about its plans to brin out an 80GB SSD this year followed by 160GB and beyond and at reasonable prices.
Today we go our first look at Intel's 80GB SATA-II solid state drive and we can confirm they are working and rather well at that. We didn't have enough time to run any read or write tests but at the same time Intel no made outrageous claims of speed.
Here's your first look at a real, live and working Intel SSD...
We got no details on pricing or availability.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Super Talent has announced today a new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA Solid State Drives which the company plans to showcase over the next few days.
Dubbed the MasterDrive KX series, these MLC NAND Flash based SSDs are designed to be an ideal upgrade for UMPCs thanks to their ultra-thin height of just 5mm; slimmer than usual 1.8" offerings. Three models exist in the new lineup thus far, these comprising a 30GB, 60GB and 120GB model at MSRP's of $299, $449 and $679 respectively.
Computex, Taipei, Taiwan - June 3, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today released a new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA SSDs.
At merely 5mm thick, these Micro-SATA SSDs are slimmer than most 1.8-inch hard drives, and hold up to 120GB of data. "In terms of performance, power consumption, and shock and vibration resistance the MasterDrive KX is substantially better than hard drives. The MasterDrive KX is an excellent upgrade for laptop users looking for greater reliability or to accelerate bootup and load times", Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James explained.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Among the many OCZ had to show off at its suite were a couple other pen drives - Spyder and Diesel.
Spyder is a tiny slider pen drive which as far as we know comes in sizes up to 8GB due to its form factor. It's a rather stylish looking pen drive that weighs basically nothing. On an interesting packaging note, OCZ's Alex did mention to us to pay special attention to it and the very small amount of plastic used. It is something we can expect more from OCZ as the ever busy memory company does all it can to help out Mother Nature.
Diesel is OCZ's attempt at providing a cheap pen drive but with a large storage device. It uses lower grade memory which doesn't work as fast as its top models but OCZ did mention it wil still probably beat out other brands even though it is their "cheap version".
Get yourself a look at the pen drives exclusively here...
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Among its DDR3-2000 memory running at CL9, Patriot showed off its SATA-II 256GB SSD drive at its booth today out in Nangang. Here is a shot of it for all of you.
The friendly folks we talked to were hush hush on pricing but said they expected it to be on sale by July. It's going to set you back quite a few pennies, so start saving them. Patriot claim incredible read and write speeds but since we spoke to them today (Day 0), the live demo was not up and running when we visited them.
We will check back with them later in the week and see what it is capable of when put to the HD Tach test.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 While we visited Alex and Jessica at their suite at Computex this afternoon, we got a look at a company that is obviously busier than ever.
First up we get an exclusive look at OCZ's soon to be released Fortress pen drive - it will go head to head with Corsair's Survivor pen drive for toughness and durability. Some folks have done such extreme things as running Corsair's pen drive over in an army tank.
OCZ steps things up a notch by adding in a display screen which will display things such as free storage space and so on. We don't know how that screen will go getting smashed by hammers and whatever else, but we will see later when we actually get a closer look a the product, which was all on the plane coming over from the US when we visited OCZ.
Tomorrow OCZ is also releasing a new line of memory but we were sworn to secrecy - about all we can say is that involves gaming. Check back at this space tomorrow for more details!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Stopping in at TEAM Group we get treated to a quick tour of their SSD offerings.
They focus on multi form factor SSD solutions with everything from plug in stubby SSD drives that fit IDE slots, non-standard sized laptop drives and PCMCIA-express slot cards which you can see from the snap we took below.
Availability within the next month (early July) they should proved a useful for Vista PC's wanting to use an SSD to Ready Boost their system and gain additional storage.
Soon we will be seeing PCMCIA-express ready boosting cards and SATAII SSD's combined to improve laptop speeds immensely and decrease power drain on the batteries.
Over the weekend in Taipei, Samsung announced that it plans to have a 256GB solid state drive out in mass production by the end of this year in 1.8" and 2.5" sizes.
Not only a good feat in the storage capacity department, Samsung also claims using its own MLC flash RAM and SATA-II interface that its upcoming SSD will be able to hit massive read speeds of 200MB/s (yes - megabytes per second) and sequential read rates of 160MB/s.
As noted in the report by TG Daily, the fastest consumer hard drive on the market at the moment is Western Digital's VelociRaptor 3.5" 300GB hard disk drive and according to other hardware website that tested it, it has an average read speed of 100MB/s. Current SSD's on the market and ones tested by us see average read speeds of around 130MB/s at best. If Samsung's claims are true, its upcoming SSD drives will smash everything else that is out on the market at the moment.
There were no details released on pricing but current 256GB SSD drives can exceed $5000 where as a 300GB WD Raptor drive will set you back about $300.
According to a report written by the Taiwanese Digitimes website, Intel is planning to bundle Solid State Drives as part of its Centrino 2 mobile platform by the end of the end of September this year.
Intel has supposedly named the product line "Intel High Performance SSD" and should target enterprise, mid-range and high-end notebook products.
If the report is accurate, there will be two versions - Client X25-M and Client X18-M. X25 will have a physical size of 2.5-inch and X18 a physical size of 1.8-inch with both being 80GB SATA.
The report goes on to say that Intel will release a 160GB SSD by the end of 2008 followed up with 250GB and above in 2009. These seems like very bold claims since currently a 64GB SATA SSD drive will set you back over $1000 USD.
It will be interesting to see if Intel can make this happen and what tricks they have under their hat to reduce costs in SSD technology.
Solid Stage Storage technology is inevitably the way of the future; the technology itself has somewhat matured now, certainly enough for it to be an attractive alternative at both the enterprise and consumer level. There's just two things however that still need to be delt with; the first being capacity limitations, and the second and foremost being the pricing as they are still out of reach for most to consider.
Super Talent are doing their bit to help drive pricing down in the SSD market; they've just launched a new line of "MasterDrive" 2.5" solid state drives comprising the MX 30GB, 60GB and 120GB models. These are some of the most aggressively priced SSDs seen to date with the respective models coming in at RRPs of $299, $449, and $649.
The drives themselves use a SATA-II interface and make use of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory; for this reason, their write speeds are nothing to write home about, but read speeds for entry level SSDs are quite respectable at around 120MB/sec.
For more information on the MasterDrive MX series (and higher spec'd/priced DX series which utilize SLC NAND flash), you can find Super Talent's official PR here.
San Jose, California - May 6, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new line of MasterDrive solid state drives (SSDs) that are 100% interchangeable with hard disk drives (HDDs), but are faster, lighter, use less power and are far more rugged and reliable.
MasterDrive SSDs use NAND Flash rather than magnetic platters as the storage medium, giving them many advantages over HDDs. These drives have no moving parts, and therefore are completely silent, lighter weight and more reliable than HDDs. Moreover, they consume a fraction of the power of HDDs, meaning they produce less heat and offer longer battery life in mobile computing.
Getting in on solid state storage is still very much a costly affair, but there's more than one way to skin a cat.
The lads over at Engadget have spotted a Compact Flash to SATA adapter which allows the use of not one, not two, but three CompactFlash cards in tandem to be accessed using the SATA interface.
What's this mean? A much more cost effective solution, 'tis what! - The adapter is said to come in at around $190; add three 32GB CompactFlash cards and you've got 96GB of SSD goodness at a fraction of the cost of an actual (and smaller) 64GB SSD.