Semiconductor devices company Micron Technologies has introduced RealSSD family of products for use in computing, enterprise server, and networking applications. The company plans to ship these products by mid-2008.
According to the company, the RealSSD solid state drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch sizes with 32GB or 64GB densities. They will use a native serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) II interface and a single chip controller. The controller is optimized for four channel control of the NAND and supports advanced SATA features such as native command queuing. It also features a SATA hot plug, which removal of drive from the system without eliminating power. Also the drives will require less than 2 watts of power during active mode.
The RealSSD line also includes RealSSD embedded USB products in density from 1GB to 8GB of storage and are designed to be integrated into a system through an embedded USB 2.0 interface. The company claims that these will provide a cost-effective solution to store and boot an entire operating system within an industrial PC or blade server system.
The company also introduced RealSSD Module, a solid-state storage device designed for enterprise servers. These SATA enabled modules are smaller in size to allow for increased system airflow.
According to Informationweek, the SSD market is dominated by Samsung Electronics and Sandisk Corporation which offer similar products. Other players such as Intel, Seagate, and PNY Technologies also entered the market in 2007.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates