updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed March 26, 2008
Super Talent 256GB SSD
Super Talent this morning aimed at eliminating some of the barriers to solid-state drives with news of what it says is the world's thinnest large-capacity model. The FSD56GC25H measures the same 12.5mm as some taller notebook drives but holds a full 256GB of storage, allowing it to slot into the same 2.5-inch or larger Serial ATA bays as conventional drives while holding a comparable amount of data. The design is not just 40 percent thinner than other 256GB drives but also relatively fast, reading data at 65MB per second and writing it at 50MB per second.
Like most SSDs, the aluminum-enclosed drive is free of moving parts and is considerably more skip-proof, tolerating up to 1600G in a sudden drop. Although billed as a consumer drive and compatible with almost any computer that accepts a SATA link, the 256GB model will initially head to original equipment manufacturers looking to build systems around the new flash disk. Pricing is unavailable without contacting the company but is expected to be high.