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Solid-state flash disks lead storage revolution

Computex and CES highlight efficient, robust drives

Apacer Technology is demonstrating a 128GB industrial SSD that can replace a 2.5in hard drive and operate at temperatures between -40º and 85º Celsius. It will be available in the fourth quarter of this year, and a second version with double the data read speed of 200Mbps (megabits per second) will be available in early 2008.

Alongside it was a flash-based Raid (redundant array of independent, or inexpensive, disks) drive which has two Compact Flash card slots. The capacity depends on the cards used.

It's not only in the SSD arena that storage advances are on show at Computex.

Toshiba has the latest in its line of 1.8in hard-disk drives, a model that can store 100GB, on show. The drive can be fitted into portable media devices, such as the iPod or ultra portable PCs. Toshiba is also using Computex to unveil its first HD DVD rewriter drive for laptop computers. A single-layer HD DVD-RW disc can store up to 20GB of information, which is just over four times the capacity of an equivalent DVD.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has its 1TB drive that was unveiled at CES and new at the show is a 250GB 2.5in drive for laptop computers. The 5K250 includes drive-level encryption and has 56 percent more storage space than its predecessor, the 160GB 5K160.

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