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Old 12th March, 2008, 05:54 PM
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Intel to show off 160GB solid state drives

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Intel Tuesday confirmed that it is close to unveiling a new line of solid-state drives for laptop and notebook PCs that will feature a storage capacity up to 160GB.
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Old 14th March, 2008, 02:08 AM
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I wonder how long one of these SS "HDD's" will last? I'm guessing that it had better be a long time at what they're gonna cost at first!
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Old 19th March, 2008, 06:04 PM
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Talk about a great idea for a laptop! Turning and churning the HDD inside a laptop really eats up battery time fast.
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Old 19th March, 2008, 07:26 PM
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Should generate very little heat, compared to a hard-drive. Which is very useful in a laptop.
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They also consume substantially less power than a hard drive, which should help battery life and weight.
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Old 19th March, 2008, 08:55 PM
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Are these comparable in speed to a standard mechanical HDD?
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Supposedly, Intel and Micron Technologies have worked together on a new NAND FLASH technology that offers performance at levels comparable to mechanical devices.
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And and and! They cost far more! Yes! So we can spend more, probably meaning a higher mark-up for the manufacturers and sellers. Not that they would do that, obviously.
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Prices are coming down...this is a better way of handling it for laptops, though. Lower heat, lower power...but, unfortunately, higher price.

We'll see.
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But with no moving parts, shouldn't they cost less?
On Mars maybe.
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But with no moving parts, shouldn't they cost less?
On Mars maybe.
Silicon costs money, and is more expensive to manufacture than rust, even if it is high-grade rust.
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Old 27th March, 2008, 08:17 PM
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There's a plant in central Washington state that makes high purity silicon "logs" fur da industry. AFAIK, they are not cheap.
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