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BitMicro to launch 0.832TB Solid State Drive

Storage (opens in new tab) firm BitMicro Networks will demonstrates what appears to be the ultimate hard disk drive at today's International Consumer Electronics Show 2008 show in Las Vegas.

It has announced (opens in new tab) that it will sell a 832GB (no typo here) version of its E-Disk Altima 2.5-inch serial ATA flash solid state drive; with volume shipping expected for Q3 2008.

BitMicro achieves this density by using multi level cell NAND flash memory and the company posits that the drive will reach sustained transfer rates of 100 MB per seconds and up to 20,000 IO operations per second; which puts it far beyond the reach of traditional hard disk drives.

But it is certainly the capacity which will make eyes roll; at 832GB, the E-Disk Altima is nearly seven times bigger than most of its competitors.

Rudy Bruce, BitMicro's Executive VP for Marketing and Sales said that "This latest product pre-announcement seeks to establish BiTMICRO’s commitment to deliver solid state storage in all market applications, We are excited to offer E-Disk Altima SATA flash solid state drive as a PC and enterprise storage alternative offering the best-in-class capacity, performance and reliability."

Obviously, such an obscene amount of Solid State Disk space will not come cheap; expect the E-Disk Altima to cost around USD 25,000.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.