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SSD news - November 2009

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New Update of Quarterly SSD Report by Web-Feet Research

Editor:- November 30, 2009 - Web-Feet Research today published a quarterly update to its annual report ($9,000 annually) on SSD Markets and Applications, (MS300SSD3-29).

This update encompasses performance acceleration options in enterprise systems that include DRAM, PCIe attached, Flash plus DRAM, rack mount flash systems and SSDs.

This report (available as a single report or part of the quarterly series subscription) explores where in the enterprise architecture these systems and devices can be deployed and the attributes and limitations of each. SSDs in client applications are examined in detail in 7 categories: Desktop, Nettop, Traditional Notebook, Ultra Low Power Notebook, Netbook, Smartbook, and Mobile Internet Device with forecasts and SSD adoption rates for each of these platforms.

Also examined are SSD and HDD storage options for these platforms, with SSD and HDD pricing by capacity and forecasts by quarter to 4Q 2010 and by year to 2015. In addition, Web-Feet Research compiles aggregate SSD shipments and revenue by form factor and application markets covering 1Q 2009 to 3Q 2009. SSD supplier profiles are provided for vendors supplying products to the market place. See also:- SSD market analysts.

RunCore's New SSD Speeds Smaller Netbooks

Editor:- November 30, 2009 - RunCore today announced availability of the Runcore Pro IV Light mini-SATA 50mm PCI-e SSD - a regular flash SSD design and small form factor - which is designed to accelerate smaller netbooks.

Capacity options include:- 16GB (32MB cache), 32GB and 64GB (64MB cache) with smaller capacity drives for oems available on request. Sustained R/W speeds are 125MB/s and 80MB/s. Random R/W speeds (4K blocks) are 18MB/s read and 5 MB/s respectively. RunCore says it's compatible with all major OSes and installs easily via its USB slave port.

Editor's comments:- Mobile computing blogger has created many videos about upgrading notebook PCs with SSDs - here's an example featuring an earlier model from RunCore.

OCZ will show Symwave based USB 3.0 SSD at CES

Editor:- November 24, 2009 - Symwave today announced that its USB 3.0 controller has been designed into a new flash SSD by OCZ - which will be shown at CES in January 2010.

Editor's comments:- Symwave's controller design includes a fully integrated USB 3.0 to SATA controller device (SoC with software) - making it easier to adapt existing designs for SATA SSDs. It's very fast. In September 2009 - Symwave demonstrated 270MB/s R/W throughput for its new USB 3.0 controller.

Lots of companies have already announced USB 3.0 devices - although most won't ship till the new year. But what do you do if want high speed from your USB 2.0 PC?

Some companies, such as Dane-Elec Memory, are marketing USB 3.0 adapters. But another solution - for those who want to get more performance out of legacy USB 2.0 flash memory sticks is to look at USB SuperCharger Software from EasyCo which can apparently speed up writes by 2x to about 5x.

Repositioning the PATA SSD Market

Editor:- November 23, 2009 - today published a new directory of companies making PATA SSDs.

Although PATA SSDs have been upstaged performance-wise by their younger serial siblings - this is a market with a great future. has in fact covered the PATA SSD market for over 9 years (since before PATA was called "PATA") and a list of PATA compatible SSD manufacturers has been included in the SSD Buyers Guide for many years too. But it was hard to find - buried among all the other info. the article

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