There’s lots of news on the solid state drive front these days. Recently I wrote about tiny integrated SSDs and now, barely more than a week later, comes news of another form of compact drive from Viking Modular. This one is much more consumer-friendly though; it’s designed to occupy one of the DIMM slots that would normally be used to house your desktop computer’s RAM. They call it the SATADIMM.
This is of particular interest to space-conscious hardware enthusiasts; a DIMM module is very compact, far smaller than a typical 3.5″ or even 2.5″ internal drive. It draws power from the DIMM socket’s motherboard supply, eliminating one cable connection while making use of a single SATA cable for the data connection as any standard drive would. All this lends itself well to compact consumer-built systems, much more accessible than the integrated SSDs that for the most part would have to be constructed by larger hardware manufacturers. Ouch, that’s a whole lot of acronyms!
The upshot is, storage is getting really tiny. You can pack a whole lot of data into really small spaces. But there’s one more big similarity to the iSSD story we ran last week; there’s no pricing information to be found on this. There is no information on just how much data the SATADIMM will be able to hold, either, so I’m not breaking out the champagne and toasting the storage gods just yet. With luck these and other questions will be answered soon.
UPDATE (Aug 30, 2010): I received word from a Viking Modular representative that the SATADIMM is available in capacities up to 200GB. Still no word on pricing, but capacity is a pretty good start!