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Published: 22 Oct 2012

  AS SOLID-STATE STORAGE enters its adolescence, the technology is still trying to find its place in the storage food chain. Solid state, or flash, is becoming more familiar and widely available as it continues to develop into distinct market segments, but questions remain about power consumption, performance and the best uses for solid-state drives (SSDs). Framingham, MA-based IDC tried to quantify some of the uncertainty in a recent benchmarking report that compared SSDs, hard disk drives (HDDs) and hybrid drives using a laptop PC. Dave Reinsel, lead author of the report and group VP of storage and semiconductor research at IDC, says they found that drive performance can vary greatly from device to system level. "The system can act as a great equalizer and diminish some of the benefits that you might have seen at the device level," he says. IDC's report also concluded that SSD and hybrid technology use will continue to grow, and that SSD controllers will be a key piece of further development. As SSDs mature, key differences are emerging. Single-level cell ... Access >>>

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