High Capacity Solid State Drives

Solid State Drives are the new buzz in storage and are becoming an alternatives to what we traditionally know as hard disk drives. Traditional hard drive technology use magnetic spindles to store data on them, which spin during a data access (read or write) cycle and the heads read the data off them.

In Solid State Drives however data is stored on Non Volatile RAM Chips, much like the USB Flash drives. The difference among the Flash drives and Solid State Drives is that SSDs are meant to exsist internal to a computer or more likely a laptop and emulate a hard drive. The Data Access (read / write) times of a SSD is much faster than the traditional IDE, SCSI or even SATA drives. SSD also have a much longer life span because there are no mechanical (moving) parts inside the drive that could break down. Solid State Drives are also called greener drives as they consume much less power.

The only downside to this currently is that they are very expensive, the bigger the capacity more expensive is a solid state drive. Currently there are newer laptops which are using capacities in the 4 - 12 GByte range.

High capacity solid state drives are on their way though, Micron Technologies are said to be developing a 256 GigaByte Solid State Drive which would be ready by March 2009, it boasts to be having a 200 MBytes read and 100 MBytes write speed. Intel and HP are already offering laptops with drives between 8 - 128 MByte range.  Intel already has a high capacity Solid State Drive in the market with a 160 GByte capacity