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Solid State SATA Drives are coming - utter lust

Solid State SATA Drives are coming - utter lust

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Although this drive size barely meets my minimum needs (64GB), the thought of booting Windows Vista from solid state memory in the primary SATA slot of my laptop give me goose bumps.  I mean think about it...  No moving drive heads, lower heat, lower power consumption, etc.  

Technology is freaking great.  We live in some great times and this is going to change everything you know about boot times, disk speeds, etc.  Here's the press release from PQI: 

Taipei, Taiwan ~ PQI, the leader in industrial storage solutions has just released two new products to start the new year. PQI's Turbo SATA DOM and Turbo SATA Solid State Disk (SSD) 2.5” 64GB both are PQI patented. The application of SATA technology and specially designed clip-on connector on SATA DOMs provide stability and prevent connectors detaching unexpectedly. The implementation of SATA interface on industrial storage is a world’s first. Another breakthrough is the maximum capacity of 64GB on Turbo SATA SSD 2.5” drives. If you are looking for fast and large capacity industrial solutions, PQI's got them!


PQI DiskOnModule Manager, Bob Chu states, “With flash storage technology catching up to traditional disc platter storage devices and motherboard designs being more compact than ever, most IDE connectors have been replaced by the smaller and faster SATA interfaces. At the same time, available spaces for device(s) have been reduced dramatically and hence, SATA DOM was developed. SATA interface takes up less space and provide faster transfer rate (up to 100MB/sec) than IDE connectors and maximum SATA DOM capacities will likely reach 128GB in 2007.


Apart from the benefits of clip-on feature of Turbo SATA DOM, the SATA connector is designed directionally. Meeting the needs of current motherboard SATA connectors, as they are closely packed together, PQI Turbo SATA DOM is actually available in 2 flavors – left and right directional designs. The left and right directional placement design allows motherboard SATA connectors to be fully populated without interference.


As a leader in industrial storage, PQI's experience, long list of customers and excellent customer relations have long been a favorite. Once again, offering the perfect storage solution, PQI's DiskOnModule have come out on top providing performance, capacity and unsurpassed value.


For the latest PQI news and product information, please visit PQI at www.pqi.com.tw.

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  • Yes is should be very fast but have they addressed the limited write cycles of flash memory?  Unless you can eliminate paging and reduce the needless file touching windows likes to do, how long will these drives last?