Hell, even Intel
is getting into SSD manufacturing. http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20070312corp.htm
There are now more SSD manufacturers than mechanical drive manufacturers. WHY CANT WE GET THESE DAM THINGS FROM THE EGG OR ZZZ YET?
I've seen a lot of hype about these solid state drives and it all sounds real exciting until you look closely.
The product comes in 1 Gigabyte (GB), 2GB, 4GB and 8GB densities. With fast reads of 28 megabytes (MB) per second and write speeds of 20 MB per second
Those are blazing read and write speeds and those drives are sure huge...not. I know they are suppose to be used for cache etc. But I would rather use more RAM. I also understand that latency is reduced significantly, but that doesn't make up for the abysmal read/write speeds. Fast SSDs do exist but they cost a huge fortune, like $30,000. I think we'll just have to leave them to the military. The SSDs are going to be used primarily for low power applications like notebooks etc. and of course all the applications for the tiny ones related in the article.
Edit: I just found an SSD, from the TG daily article on Sandisk to OEM to Dell. It looks like I have to eat my words.
SanDisk SSD UATA 5000 achieves a sustained read rate of 62-megabyte (MB)*/sec and a random read rate of 7000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) for a 512-byte transfer – more than 100 times faster than any hard disk drive.
Now these read numbers are impressive. I know the writes are considerably slower, and their not quoted in the page, but this actually looks really good. I wonder how much they cost.
SanDisk | OEM | Products | <p>SanDisk SSD Solid State Drives</p> | SanDisk SSD UATA 5000 1.8"http://www.sandisk.com/Oem/Default.aspx?CatID=1478