Thursday, February 14, 2008

Flash drives expansion

[H] Enthusiast -
It looks as though flash drives are set to make another jump in capacity. How big you may ask? Some new SSDs, although they will carry a hefty price tag, are almost ready for retail shelves at 72GB as we speak.

The low power and high speed, however, make a flash drive almost irresistible for some users. A SanDisk SSD 1.8-inch drive achieves a sustained read rate of 66MB/sec and a random read rate of over 7,000 inputs/outputs per second for a 512-byte transfer, many times the speed of a hard drive--which must move an arm across a spinning platter to find data, the so-called seek time of a hard drive.

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