| By Mark Edwards |
Disk-drive storage capacity is growing at a rapid pace, but there’s a new player in town.
In the not-too-distant future, we might find that good ol’ hard drives are a thing of the past; this week, I’ll tell you about new storage technology that’s growing by leaps and bounds.
The solid-state drive market heats up
Flash disk technology is great, because it’s lightweight, uses only a small amount of power, and is typically pretty fast in terms of access speed. Naturally, disk-drive manufacturers are looking toward using solid-state technology as a method of building bigger and better storage systems.
Samsung has been offering 32GB solid-state drives (SSD) since March 2006 and a 64GB SSD since March 2007. In January, the company announced that it will release a new 128GB SATA II SSD sometime this year.
In September of last year, BitMicro announced its new E-Disk Altima E2A133BL SSD with a more traditional PATA (ATA-133) interface. That drive can hold up to 416GB of data. Then, in January, the company announced a new model, the Altima E2A3GM, a SATA drive that can hold twice as much — 832GB!
But both of those drives pale in comparison to the company’s latest announcement. BitMicro says that its new Altima E3S320 has an Ultra320 SCSI interface and can store up to 1.6 terabytes of data. Wow!