A-DATA, Toshiba Grab World SSD Capacity Lead at 512GB

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-04 Print this article Print

UPDATED: Toshiba and the Taiwanese flash memory maker took the world lead over larger companies with their announcements at CeBIT 2009 about the launch of the512GB, 2.5-inch SSDs for laptops and netbooks.

HANNOVER, Germany -- Companies such as Samsung, SanDisk and Western Digital have been the usual suspects who leap-frog each other every few months as capacities continue to improve in flash memory drives. However, at least for the time being, there is a new current champion.

Flash memory maker A-DATA Technology March 4 took the world lead over all those larger companies when it announced at CeBIT 2009 here the availability of its 512GB XPG 2.5-inch SSD for laptops and netbooks.

A short time later, Toshiba also announced the launch of its own 512GB flash drive. Toshiba's 512GB SSD for notebooks and laptops has maximum sequential read speed of 240MBps and maximum sequential write speed of 200MBps.

A-DATA is a Taiwan-based maker of SSDs, memory cards and DRAM modules. The new 512GB SSD delivers a transfer rate of up to 230MB/s and 160MB/s for read/write, the company said.

The world's largest solid-state semiconductor maker, Samsung, last January introduced a new enterprise-level 2.5-inch, 100GB solid-state flash drive that can handle heavy-duty applications such as video on demand, streaming media content delivery and online transaction processing while consuming substantially less power than a standard spinning disk drive.

Samsung's new enterprise SS805 SSD will start shipping this month. It is designed as an alternative to traditional 15K-rpm hard disk drives.

An SSD generally can process IOPS (input/output per second) more than 10 times faster than the fastest 15K-rpm SAS disk drive available for transactional data workloads.

It can process as much as 100 times the number of IOPS per watt as a 15K-rpm 2.5-inch SAS HDD in applications where higher performance and lower power consumption are both needed.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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