BitMicro unveils plans for 416GB solid-state drive

Looks for E-Disk Altima product to replace parallel ATA storage systems

BitMicro Networks Inc. unveiled details of the first product in its next-generation E-Disk Altima flash solid state drive family on Tuesday at the Defence Systems & Equipment International Exhibition in London.

The new flash memory-based device will begin shipping by March 2008, the Fremont, Calif.-based company said.

Featuring capacities ranging from 4GB to 416GB, BitMicro's 2.5-in. E-Disk Altima E2A133BL ATA-133 model will be geared toward large sites looking to upgrade from systems based on Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment. The new solid-state hardware offers ATA/ATAPI-7 PATA specifications and supports PIO 0-4, DMA 0-2 and UDMA 0-6 data-transfer modes, according to BitMicro officials.

The new drive offers throughput of up to 133MB/sec. throughput, and read/write rates of up to 100MB/sec.

Analysts say that over the next few years, emerging solid-state drive technology is projected to rapidly gain adoption beyond the high-end of the disk drive market as its price tag drops. In July, Framingham, Mass.-based IDC released a report predicting that growing performance and mobility requirements will catapult solid-state storage revenues from $373 million in 2006 to $5.4 billion in 2011.

Overall, IDC said the new technology will likely have a significant impact in the PC industry as its use grows in notebook computers, whose manufacturers are increasingly seeking to meet user need for storage systems that are more durable and mobile storage than hard disk drives.

Pricing plans for the new device were not immediately available.

Copyright © 2007 IDG Communications, Inc.

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