Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 16, 2012 - 06:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, sandisk, PQI, memory, flash, CES
Sandisk had a booth with a large array of small nand flash storage devices, though most of it appeared to be SD, CF, or for embedded mobile applications:
One of the more interesting pieces was a 64GB e.MMC nand flash part that fit *within* the dimensions of a penny! This is not a plug-in module - it's the type that would be soldered onto the mainboard of a cell phone or other small mobile device:
While the booth was generally light on SSD's, there were a couple on display, namely the U100, in both 7mm (left) and 9.5mm (right) form factors:
The U100 is also available in even smaller form factor. We're currently taking a look at an Ultrabook equipped with the same Sandisk U100 SSD - mounted to an even smaller PCB.
PQI has been a favorite of mine for years. They were among the first to make a really tiny thumb drive, and I'm glad to see they continue to make a versatile line of products:
A little known fact is that PQI also has a line of SATA SSD's:
The S525 Series (also available as the S518 - 1.8" form factor), is a bit long in the tooth and uses a dated JMicron controller, but PQI made the extra effort to include the optional USB 2.0 interface that most other manufacturers chose to omit.
More to follow
I've still got some pics to sift through, so stay tuned for more CES Storage goodies!
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While Legit Reviews might be mixing their metaphors when they refer to Sandforce SSDs as a 'dime' a dozen, they are certainly right that there are a lot of companies implementing that particular controller. This time it is PQI, long time sellers of flash memory based products, and their PQI S535 256 GB drive. One thing that makes this company different is that the speeds advertised on the box were slower than what Legit Reviews saw in their benchmarks. See just how much faster in the full review.
"At this point there isn't a lot new we can say about the PQI S535 256 GB drive as SF-1200 based SSDs are a dime a dozen right now. Ok, that may draw ire from those that are still waiting on buying an SSD because of the cost but we've done no less than ten reviews now on such drives. PQI is a little conservative in their specifications of 250 MB/s reads and writes as we saw well above that for each in the ATTO benchmark..."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Crucial m4 256GB @ TechSpot
- OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD @ HardwareBistro
- Silicon Power V20 120GB SandForce SF-1200 SSD @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut
- OCZ RevoDrive 80 GB PCI Express Solid State Drive @ TechARP
- OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Agility 3 (240GB) @ AnandTech
- OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD vs Crucial M4 and Intel 510 Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Patriot Torqx 2 128GB SATA II SSD Review @Hi Tech Legion
- OCZ Technology Vertex 3 240GB Retail Solid State @ Tweaktown
- Samsung PM800 128GB mSATA SSD Review - Samsung Quietly Releases another Top Tier SSD @ SSD Review
- Intel Smart Response Technology Explained @ Hardware Secrets
- Mach Xtreme MX-GX USB 3.0 16GB Thumb Drive @ Tweaktown
- Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology @ PCSTATS
- Thecus N3200XXX NAS @ TechSpot
- Patriot Memory Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Modders-Inc
- QNAP TS-119P+ Single Bay HOME/SOHO NAS Review @ Tweaknews