CES2008: BiTMICRO readies 832GB 2.5" SATA SSD

At the CES 2008 show in Las Vegas, flash solid state disk pioneer BiTMICRO Networks announced its plan to launch an 832GB version of the E-Disk Altima SATA flash SSD in 2.5-inch form factor. The drive will utilize the multi-level cell type of NAND flash, which doubles the number of bits stored per memory cell compared to the single-level cell NAND. BiTMICRO will be using its EDSA and LUNETA controllers to optimize the performance of the E-Disk Altima SATA flash SSD; estimates show sustained rates of up to 100MB/s and up to 20,000 I/O operations per second.

The drive offers SATA 3.0 Gbps support and "hot pluggable" capabilities to personal computing and enterprise applications requiring high capacity and high performance yet affordable solid state storage. Sampling for the E-Disk Altima SATA solid state disk is expected to begin in Q2 2008 and will ship in volume by Q3 2008 in capacities ranging from 32GB to 832GB.

"The declining cost of NAND flash memory, coupled with rising SSD densities, is enabling SSD implementation in the personal computing market. More cost-effective SSD solutions based on MLC technology, such as the E-Disk Altima E2A3GM flash SSD from BiTMICRO, are positioned to take advantage of the tremendous unit growth opportunity in the personal computer SSD segment, which is expected to rise by 477% annually from 2006 to 2011," says Jeff Janukowicz, Research Manager for Solid State Drives at IDC.

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Gosh there's a whole in my pocket already... I wonder it will look like with one of these suckers. I will just be in my underwear!

im sure once the technology becomes "common" prices will drop substancially... think about the price cost from PATA(IDE/EIDE) to SATA when SATA was launched a few years ago... This is no different

No diffrence? IDE>SATA 10-20% price increase, SATA>SSD, about 1000% increase in price, these are just estimates, but clearly there is a massive diffrence.

SIE said,
No diffrence? IDE>SATA 10-20% price increase, SATA>SSD, about 1000% increase in price, these are just estimates, but clearly there is a massive diffrence.

agreed , im not talking about the price difference, im talking about the concept of new technology being more expensive than current "common" technology

Technology has to be affordable before it becomes "common", not the other way around. People expect to pay a premium for the latest and greatest, but the price of SSD's puts them out of reach for most people, spending £400 of a high end graphics card is one thing, spending £500 of a 64GB hard drive is another. I can see the price of SSD's staying high for a while yet, with enterprise enviroments, people who need the performance for mission critical applications, large database applications, high profile web servers etc being the target audience.

I'm actually quite glad to see this. Any new technologies these days seem to be such minor upgrades. This seems far from a incremental improvement.

TruckWEB said,
832GB SSD ?? At what cost?

Current 64GB SSD are not even close to afordable....

I was wondering the same... No way they can go for 3-digit prices..