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NanoSSD Plugs Directly Into SATA Slot

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 40 comments

Elecom Japan is launching two nanoSSDs in a few weeks that can plug into a SATA motherboard slot.

This seemed like utter coolness: an SSD that can plug directly into a SATA motherboard slot. Announced earlier today in Japan, Elecom's two new nanoSSDs--the ESD-IDSAA series--measures 25 x 39 x 6.5 mm, and could serve as a startup drive on a main system, or could even serve as a primary drive on a compact Mini-ITX system.

However, with the small size comes an even smaller storage capacity: 8 GB and 16 GB. Still, the drives offer decent read/write speeds, with read rates of up to 75 MB/sec. and write rates of up to 30 MB/sec. Unlike HDDs, the nanoSSDs feature minimal cooling requirements and are virtually quiet as a mouse.

The drives won't hit Japanese store shelves for another few weeks, and Elecom hasn't revealed pricing, however pre-orders are already underway. Akihabara News said that GeekStuff4U.com is scheduled to start selling the drives online in a couple of days.

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    cjl , August 26, 2009 12:34 AM
    It appears to be blocking the adjacent ports though...
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    the last resort , August 26, 2009 12:46 AM
    quiet as a mouse? shouldn't it just be silent?
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    B-Unit , August 26, 2009 1:09 AM
    spectrewindThat's the fault of the engineer(s) who staged the port headers off the mainboard in this configuration. Stacking the ports vertically would likely solve this.

    What?!? The mobo came first, the direct connect drive should have been built to fit.
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    doomtomb , August 26, 2009 12:28 AM
    Faster than current USB 2.0 flash drives that's for sure but what about the price?
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    cjl , August 26, 2009 12:34 AM
    It appears to be blocking the adjacent ports though...
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    leafblower29 , August 26, 2009 12:39 AM
    It would interesting to RAID these. I think these might catch on.
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    08nwsula , August 26, 2009 12:41 AM
    whatever can get rid of an extra cable from my case, I'm a fan of.
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    dheadley , August 26, 2009 12:45 AM
    I like the idea behind this but i think they should have tried to make them taller and skinnier as to match the connector and not block adjacent connector slots.
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    the last resort , August 26, 2009 12:46 AM
    quiet as a mouse? shouldn't it just be silent?
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    B-Unit , August 26, 2009 1:09 AM
    spectrewindThat's the fault of the engineer(s) who staged the port headers off the mainboard in this configuration. Stacking the ports vertically would likely solve this.

    What?!? The mobo came first, the direct connect drive should have been built to fit.
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    Shadow703793 , August 26, 2009 1:22 AM
    This would be pretty cool to have on a mini ITX system.
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    skine , August 26, 2009 1:44 AM
    the last resortquiet as a mouse? shouldn't it just be silent?

    Yes, "quiet as a mouse" is an idiom meaning silent or very nearly silent.
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    matt87_50 , August 26, 2009 1:47 AM
    hmm, I didn't think sata had any power channels? does it just get its power from the signal?
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    Anonymous , August 26, 2009 1:50 AM
    emphase has had a virtually identical product available for a while... I have a 2GB... http://www.emphase.com/sfm20i

    this isn't exactly new.
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    nachowarrior , August 26, 2009 2:22 AM
    Matt87_50hmm, I didn't think sata had any power channels? does it just get its power from the signal?

    good question. the like pro\/ided directly abo\/e my comment should answer your question though. Interesting product, cross between ssd and thumb dri\/e. nice.
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    utdgrad2005 , August 26, 2009 2:25 AM
    http://www.innodisk.com/production.jsp?flashid=92


    Faster product much like regular ssd
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    Impulse Fire911 , August 26, 2009 2:38 AM
    wow talk about the technology of tommorow they still can only hold a small amount but soon they shall have terrabite's and with that fast speed of read&write i think ill save up to get one of these
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    bulldoza99 , August 26, 2009 3:37 AM
    good call on the power issue.
    In regards to the size of it- you could just put a sata cable on it if you had issues with its size - but these wouldnt really have a good market in pcs with lots of sata devices anyway- more for miniatx boards and internet cafe style systems.
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    mrubermonkey , August 26, 2009 3:39 AM
    Proper SSD evaluation is so complex that lengthy reviews are need to get an idea of how well a SSD might perform. Anyway, instead of the 75 MB/sec read and 30 MB/sec write specifications, you should tell us if it is using MLC or SLC NAND flash and what type of controller it is using or at least the maker of the controller. The three most important factors in evaluating a SSD that I have discovered so far through reading multiple SSD reviews and about SSDs in general would be the SSD's capacity, the type of flash memory it uses, and the type of controller it uses. Only if you have special interests regarding a particular SSD should you bother putting much weight on other factors in evaluating that SSD over the three I have listed.
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    fonzy , August 26, 2009 3:39 AM
    I still got my hopes on PCI express ssd's.I heard IO extreme will be coming out with a driver to make there drives bootable for installing windows and what knot.The price needs to go down though and capacity needs to go up.
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