U.S.-based DRAM manufacturer Super Talent Technology has announced a range of Solid State Disks (SSDs) that utilize the industry standard Serial ATA (SATA) interface. According to DigiTimes the SATA SSDs are available in 1.8-inch, 2.5-inch, and 3.5-inch form factors and are 100% compatible with conventional hard disk drives.
Since they contain no moving parts, SSD drives have the advantage of being far more rugged and reliable than regular hard drives while using 85% less power, claimed the company. Moreover, because SSD drives are built using flash technology, they offer sequential transfer speed comparable to magnetic drives and dramatically faster access speeds.
Super Talent's 1.8-inch SSDs will come in up to 32GB capacities; 2.5-inch in up to 64GB; and 3.5-inch in up to 128GB. As memory continues to get denser its only a matter of time before larger capacities come along with the potential to displace spinning magnetic discs in notebooks.
Clearly there's a movement afoot toward SSDs for notebook/tablet/portable applications and the parade of new flash-based media offerings is sure to keep the ultra-light, diskless MacBook (nee NanoBook) rumors burning brightly for the foreseeable future.
Are SSDs the future of portable storage, or will magnetic discs continue their reign?