Two years after it shocked the IT world with an (at the time) astonishing 128GB solid state hard drive, SimpleTech is at it again...
This time the crazy company has come up with extensions to its 'Zeus-IOPS SSD' 3.5in range in remarkable 512GB and 256GB capacities and if this weren't stunning enough, they're ridiculously fast too...
SimpleTech claims the "Zeus-IOPS SSDs are more than 200 times faster at random transactional performance than a 15K RPM enterprise hard disk drive"! This translates to sustained read speeds of 200MBps with sustained sequential writes hitting 100MBps. Despite this both models are also low power consumers using just 500mA in operation.
As you may expect with such high capacity, specialist drives SimpleTech was keen to keep prices a secret but did say it hoped costs will drop below $2 per gigabyte by 2012 which would mean the 512GBer would cost $1,000 in five years. Where it is now is harder to predict but I'd be surprised if you could pick up the 512GB model for less than $10,000 (I'll do some digging).
Still, it shows the potential is already in place for SSDs to take over as a mass storage devices and I can't help but wonder if eventually moving parts drives will booted from the consumer space altogether...
or at least I can dream!
Update: I said I'd find out didn't I! The 256GBer is out now for $10,000 while the 512GB version will follow in Q3 for the comparatively bargain price of $15,000. Sign me up for a terabyte!
It also turns out the company has just had a rebrand and will call itself STEC from now on and only supply the OEM market. Wouldn't you love to see these turn up in a Dell...!