We’ve talked about the fusion IO before: it’s a high-end solid state drive (SSD) designed for enterprise applications (servers). Because it is SSD-based, it has ultra-fast access time and throughput that standard disks can’t touch. Unlike most SSD, it is not a drop-in replacement for a standard hard drive, it uses a PCI-E slot instead. It might appear inconvenient, but this allows the ioDrive to bypass all the limitations inherited from decades of optimizations for mechanical drives. Because it needs drivers, you cannot boot on an ioDrive, for now. This is going to change later this year with the next firmware update. ioDrive will appear in the BIOS as a “normal” drive and users will be able to use it as a boot disk. This change, along with the declining prices of flash memory could lead to a prosumer version and may be a consumer version of PCI-E based storage. We’ll keep an eye on it, but we see disk performance as a critical component of a balanced PC. (ioDrive: $3000, 80GB version)
Next Story: TDK 6x Blu-ray Discs Hit US
- 2011-06-14: Toshiba Qosmio X770 with 3D
- 2011-06-13: HP New Notebooks Lineup with AMD
- 2011-05-17: Parents can control child's Facebook page with new bill
- 2011-05-14: Chromebook Preview
- 2011-05-12: Google Chromebooks might not be so secure after all?