Solid-state drives reach one terabyte

Summary:Storage supplier pureSilicon has announced its Nitro Series of SSDs, with a maximum capacity of 1TB in a 2.5-inch format

The storage supplier pureSilicon on Thursday announced its Nitro Series of solid-state drives, with a maximum capacity of one terabyte in a 2.5-inch format.

The SSD is one of the most densely packed of its kind, with a storage density of 15.4GB per cubic centimetre — according to the company, this represents "at least three times greater [density] than any other SSD on the market". The drive measures 100.2mm x 69.85mm x 9.5mm.

So far, the typical SSD has been smaller in capacity, such as the 120GB SSD launched by SanDisk on Friday. That SSD costs around £165, and there is another SanDisk drive of 240GB available for £327. PureSilicon has not said how much its 1TB drive will cost, saying only that it will be available in the third quarter of this year with "pricing to be determined".

The speed of the drive will be 300MBps when running through its Sata II interface, pureSilicon said in a statement. According to the company, the sustained read rate will be 240MBps and the sustained write rate 215MBps. By way of comparison, SanDisk claims an anticipated sequential performance of 200MBps read and 140MBps write for its SSDs.

The Nitro Series of drives will be available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities.

pureSilicon 1TB SSD

The 1TB drive from pureSilicon is one of the most compact SSDs to date

Topics: Storage


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