Custom memory developer SimpleTech has come up with something really remarkable: a solid state 128GB Hard Drive.
Yes, you heard me right – that’s gigabytes. We have to say, we’re pretty impressed. Logically, it is essentially a massive flash drive, but given that we were quite pleased with 6GB in our digital audio players and 8GB from our CompactFlash cards, this is operating on another level entirely.
The drive itself, an extension in SimpleTech’s Zeus SSD (Solid State Drive) line, is just 9.5mm in height and has a purported transfer rate of up to 60MB/sec. With no moving parts there is no electromechanical noise or delay that is inherent in traditional rotating media. It has unlimited read cycles and two million write cycles, ten year data retention and is enclosed in an impact resistant aluminium case.
Security should not be an issue: SimpleTech has made the drives to comply with the US Department of Defence, National Security Agency and American Air Force guidelines, while its Intelligent Destructive Purge technology will remove all data then trash the media to make the SSD unusable and data retrieval impossible. (Now we know where Mission Impossible got its hardware from!)
Being a company that specialises in customisation, SimpleTech offers these stallions with ATA or SATA connectors and they can be ordered in different shapes such as traditional 2.5in and 3.5in form factors. Completing the otherworldliness of this device is the standard seven year warranty. Naturally this can be extended...
Don’t even ask about price. Why would you want to spoil it? To put it in perspective, you can still pay nearly a grand for an 8GB CompactFlash card. Let’s just keep it a nice dream - like when we think about that 102in plasma TV Samsung launched at CeBIT - and be happy in the thought that one day we will all have these things in our MP3 players... given away free when opening a new bank account!
Okay, you know me well enough not to leave you hanging like that: a single 128GB Zeus SDD will set you back $50,000. Seriously. No word yet on discounts for bulk buying!