Super Talent unveils 128GB flash drive for desktops

128GB flash-based drives offer replacement of platter-based desktop disks.

Memory manufacturer Super Talent has launched a 128GB flash memory-based replacement for traditional hard drives in desktop computers.

The Serial-ATA based 3.5-inch drives have the same form factor as normal hard drives so will be able to be used by computer manufacturers without modification of desktop designs.

The company claimed that the drives will use 85 per cent less power than normal disk drives and have sequential transfer speed comparable to magnetic drives and dramatically faster access speeds.

The company has also unveiled 1.8-inch solid state disk (SSD) drives with capacities up to 32GB and 2.5-inch drives with 64GB of storage. Prices of the drives were not divulged by the company.

"This new generation of drives delivers all the benefits of flash-based storage - rugged reliability, low power consumption and fast access speed. But we've engineered these drives to offer twice the data throughput at half the cost per gigabyte compared to the first SSD drives we introduced a year-ago." stated Joe James, marketing director at Super Talent Technology.

Solid state replacements for traditional hard disks appear to be coming out thick and fast. As reported on IT PRO, Sandisk launched 32GB flash-based hard drive replacement aimed at laptops.

While Intel introduced its Z-U130 Value Solid State Drive (VSSD) product line, based on Intel NAND flash RAM technology. The VSSDs are currently shipping at 1GB and 2GB densities, with a 4GB model slated for April and an 8GB variant by the end of the year.

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