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InnoDisk Shows 128GB 'nanoSSD'

Gordon Kelly


InnoDisk Shows 128GB 'nanoSSD'

We've long known that Solid State Drives don't need to be in 3.5in or 2.5in form factors (it's all about the compatibility), which is why this is hugely exciting...

Hidden amongst the dying embers of Computex was the 'nanoSSD', InnoDisk's proposed new tiny SSD form factor. As the images show, the nanoSSD is vastly smaller than a 2.5in drive but it still packs an impressive punch.

Dubbed the 'SATADOM i-I60', the dinky SSD packs in 128GB of storage and offers read/write performance in excess of 150MB per second. Furthermore, the little fella was fully operational with InnoDisk showing the drive working under 20g's of accelerated force.

InnoDisk now hopes it can convince the rest of the market to adopt the form factor and while that is likely to prove a huge task it does show the tremendous flexibility of solid state storage. It also highlights the ever more pressing need for industry to agree upon a much smaller universal SSD form factor (0.5in?). After all, with laptops getting built ever thinner and lighter the 2.5in slot is a great waste of space.

Good luck InnoDisk, let's hope you've started the ball rolling...


via Tweaktown


June 11, 2009, 5:55 am

Why bother with a new form factor? Just use a mini-PCI-E card/expressCard form factor. SSDs don't need significant cooling and I'm sure mini slots already have well-defined size restrictions.


June 11, 2009, 9:44 am

Now only if it is available with an eSATA interface.


June 11, 2009, 9:59 am

Solid state is beginning to hot up!


June 11, 2009, 1:49 pm

I was just thinking it looks like that is an eSATA plug.


June 11, 2009, 3:07 pm

How the hell am I going to fit one of those to my machine! The advantage of the 2.5" and 3.5" formats and interface is that they are easily added to existing desktops and laptops.

That said SSDs are just the opportunity to move to a much smaller format looking forward. I can imagine plugging them directly into a motherboard SATA-type port with out any need for cables. I'm sure there's lots of innovation still to come on SSDS.


June 11, 2009, 4:22 pm

@basicasic - That's kinda the point of the article. If a new, smaller standard could be agreed upon, then new laptops could be designed for the smaller form factor from the ground up. This would result in smaller, more efficient laptops, possibly with more space for things like bigger batteries.

This wouldn't mean that the 2.5 inch form factor would disappear overnight, but it would continue to be sold much as 3.5 and 2.5 inch disks co-exist now. This idea can't help but catch on once SSDs become as common as hard disks in laptops.


June 11, 2009, 5:34 pm

As far as I'm aware SATA/eSATA can't deliver power, so you cannot do away with the cables completely


June 12, 2009, 4:17 am

Just make a drive bay adapter that can hold a few of the things and you're golden.


June 12, 2009, 6:59 pm

sod the laptop, I want one of these in my phone


June 12, 2009, 8:13 pm

Apple, buy them fast. It'd be lovely to see one of those in apple's next gen iphone or itablet thingy.

BTW, why cant they just put 10 of them together so a 2.5" or 3.5" sized one can have over 1TB or 2TB storage.

Harold 1

June 13, 2009, 9:04 am

I always thought this was the way to go. I bought a Cambridge Z88 in pre-historic times. Unfortunately Clive Sinclair's ideas were way ahead of the times and the machine was flaky (but VERY sexy). My latest Asus EEE 901 has no mechanical drive. I will never, ever buy another mschine with a mechanical drive. If we all take this tack, costs will tumble.

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