1 TB SSD: You Know You Want It

At CES this year, there was no shortage of storage talk. But we know that you want to hear about solid state drives (SSDs) and where they're going. Good thing because a company called pureSilicon just announced its 1 TB SSD. That's right: one terabyte.

pureSilicon claims that it is the first in the world with a SSD that breaks reaches the 1 TB barrier. SSD capacity has always been the technology's Achilles' heel, but that could all change. Changing fast is another issue however, as pureSilicon's line of Nitro 1 TB SSD drives are not for the consumer market--even though this is the "CES."

When the Nitro drive becomes available sometime in Q3'09, it will only be available for industrial applications, like military, medical and the like. Consumers like us will have to wait for other manufacturers to catch up. pureSilicon says:

This represents a major advance for the storage industry since it combines maximum density with high performance and low power demand. Four of these drives deliver 4TB in the same space as a standard 3.5-inch HDD, so server footprint requirements and energy consumption in data-intensive applications can be considerably reduced.

The 1TB Nitro SSD is the most compact SSD per gigabyte: 15.40GB per cubic centimeter in a 2.5-inch form-factor -- at least three times greater than any other SSD on the market. This high density in a small form factor has been achieved through innovative engineering techniques coupled with advanced industrial design that yields an exceptionally thin enclosure.

Currently pricing is not available, but we can only guess that pureSilicon's Nitro line will cost all your arms and legs. Despite this, pureSilicon has shown that high capacity SSD drives are possible in the same form factors that we're all use to. Just don't expect to see drives in this range available any time soon.

Some specifications of the Nitro 1 TB SSD:

Specifications - Nitro Series SSD:
Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB
-- Transfer rate: 300MB/sec
-- Sustained read: 240MB/sec
-- Sustained write: 215MB/sec
-- Random read (IOPS 4K): 50,000
-- Random write (IOPS 4K): 10,000
-- Latency < 100 µsec
-- MTTF: 2.0 million hours

  • aevm
    Samsung should buy these guys and make a few million drives like that. I'm sure the price can come down if the volume is there.
  • Pei-chen
    A no name company that released a product that's far ahead of any established brand?
  • gxsolace
    Pei-chenA no name company that released a product that's far ahead of any established brand?
    it's a no name company because they're aren't into consumer stuff....... doesn't make them "no name"
  • Dekasav
    3 times as dense. I don't think the price will drop on these no matter how many were made, there's massive value in being the best, and these seem way ahead of the curve.
  • Tekkamanraiden
    So lets see a 64gb OCZ SSD drive is $300 on tigerdirect.com. So a 1tb drive would be what $4687.50? Still pretty kewl.
  • descendency
    likely more than 4.6k actually. (intels 32 gb is 600USD. That would make it 19,200)

    Oh, it's obvious why they are marketing to hospitals. They have more arms and legs to give.
  • Dekasav
    That's not including their ability to mark it up higher as it has much more capacity in the same space.
  • randomizer
    I'd drop $20k for this. Just need to find the $20k.
  • falchard
    I don't see the point. What amount of programs can take up 1TB of space? Its not like it would make logical storage.
  • wifi
    As all other computer related component, as they get the king of the hill bragging rights, they also get illogical prices as well. So don't count on that same €/TB or $/TB. Also count on the effect of having already caught the magnetic ones. That was the only reason they were still holding prices back as they couldn't compete with high density magnetic drives. Now tables are turned.