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TDK samples 32GB Flash disk

by Steve Kerrison on 18 September 2006, 17:33

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TDK has followed Samsung and launched a hard drive replacement based on NAND Flash memory. The product, which is currently available in sample quantities, was announced by the company last week.

The 32GB unit hooks up to the host across a standard IDE connector, but it's about 80 per cent of the size of a standard 2.5in notebook drive - the part's an obvious choice for battery powered systems since it consumes less power than a standard HDD. The unit's controller supports data transfer rates of up to 33.3MBps, the manufacturer said.

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Samung launched its 32GB Flash-based "solid-state disk" in March this year. It's pitching the technology as a both a faster and a lower power system than traditional HDD technology.

TDK said it was sampling the drive to storage companies. There's no indication when the part will ship commercially - or how much it's likely to cost. ®

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Now all we need is a sata300 interface and full sized hdd size :)
I'm looking forward to the tech. Hopefully in the next 10 years I can have my main HD be one of these and just plug in a SATA hot swap when I need to edit my super hi-res HD++++ 22.4 chanel movies and music.
The unit's controller supports data transfer rates of up to 33.3MBps

Anyone know how that compares to a normal hard disk?

This seems perfect for my htpc, i dont need anything more than 20gb as i store all my media on a server. I want cool, quiet, fast and less power. Seems very suitable.
33.3MBps isn't all that quick. It's usually possible to get above 50MB/s on a decent modern drive when performing a sustained sequential transfer.

Would be interesting to see how a hard drived fared against it in random access tests, however.
Does NAND flash still have a limited lifespan? because i always assumed this is why solid state hard drives haven't been made sooner.