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PQI Makes 'Afforable' 64GB Flash HDD

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For those with long memories you may remember a news story I wrote last year about SimpleTech’s 128GB Solid State hard drive. It cost an otherworldly $50,000, but boy haven’t we moved on a long way since then…



Storage ingénue PQI, maker of the luscious kit like the 16GB U510 card drive, has done it again by producing a 2.5in solid state hard drive with a massive 64GB capacity. What’s more, the company has somehow managed to make it relatively affordable.

Now when I say ‘relatively’ I’m talking in the context of SimpleTech since this drive will still cost $2,000. That said proportionately it makes one heck of a statement about the speed of technological advancement. For your handsome outlay you’ll get a device which manages sustained transfer speeds of up 32MBps (25Mbps for more general usage) and has virtually no seek time. PQI also said the drive will be substantially lighter than its 2.5in moving parts contemporaries though it declined to provide a specific figure. Likewise no power consumption statistics were revealed but this is also expected to be one of the major advantages over conventional models.

An August release date as been mooted by PQI and with Samsung due to release the 32GB HDD it recently shoved into its portable PCs as a standalone product for around $1,000 I can now envisage us making the transition to flash much sooner than I expected…

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