Japanese firm Photofast has launched what could well be the fastest hard solid state drive in the world; the drives are expected to be available from April 2009.
Photofast says that the G-Monster PCIe family off SSDs will come in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB formats with a read speed of 750MBps and write speeds of around 700MBps.
The drives also come with a hardware-based RAID controller and an unknown amount of SDRAM Buffer onboard. They have a manufacturer's data retention period of 10 years with a suggested MTBF of 1.5 million hours.
G-Monster drives slot in PCI Express x8 slots and are compatible with Windows Vista and XP. Uses should in theory be able to boot from them.
Photofast is facing some serious competition from Fusion-IO though which is set to launch its new ioDrive Duo fairly soon. The drive will offer storage capacity up to 640GB and up to 1.5GB per second of sustained throughput.
Fusion-IO will beat Photofast when it comes to capacity as the intend to introduce a 1.28TB drive in the second half of 2009; four of those drive can provide up to 6GB per second of bandwidth and over 500K read IOPS.
Both drives are likely to use Single Level Cells for better reliability.
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If the rate at which their storage capacity keeps growing like this, it is likely that solid state drives will surpass traditional spinning hard disk drives sometimes during 2009. Western Digital currently has 2TB hard drives in the market and this is unlikely to change soon. Fusion IO should have a 2.56TB version by December.
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