updated 04:30 pm EST, Sat January 10, 2009
1TB 2.5-inch SSD at CES
pureSilicon this week showed its 1TB 2.5-inch SSD drive (pictured below). Featuring standard SATA II drive interface, the device, is "the most compact SSD per gigabyte: 15.40GB per cubic centimeter in a 2.5-inch form-factor" -- at least three times greater than any other SSD on the market, the company claims. The company says the high density has been achieved through innovative engineering techniques and its "exceptionally" thin enclosure and that four of the devices can fit into the same form factor as a typical 3.5-inch drive. Currently, the company say the SSD line is built for server, networking, datacenter, supercomputing, and professional media, but the technology lays the groundwork for high-capacity SSD for consumers.
pureSilicon has benchmarked these drives at speeds approaching the maximum bus speed of SATA II (300 MB/s).
In addition, pureSilicon is showing its Renegade Series Solid-State Drives (SSD), its flash-memory solution that features hardware-based encryption approved by the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). It is also compliant with MIL-STD-810Fthe military standard that requires the SSD to sustain reliable operation during a series of rigorous and "extreme environment" tests. The drive features a dedicated on-board cryptographic processor that provides hardware-driven 256-bit AES encryption for instantaneous encryption and decryption of data without degrading performance.
pureSilicon has begun sampling its Renegade SSD units (pictured above) on a limited basis to select customers, with shipments expected to commence in the first quarter of 2009. The company's website indicates that the drive will be available in both 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors for laptops, sub-notebook, and other applications. The Nitro Series SSDs -- up to 1TB -- will be available in third quarter of 2009 (pricing still to be determined).