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Elecom Releases NanoSSDs To Be Plugged Right Into Motherboard. Why?

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By David Ponce

Coming in 8GB and 16GB capacities, these tiny SSD drives plug directly into the SATA ports of your motherboard. They feature decent 75MB/s (read) and 30MB/s (write) speeds and only measure 25 x 39 x 6.5 mm. Elecom is trying to market these drives as a quicker startup drive in a regular systems or even a primary drive in a Mini-ITX setup.

Unless we’re missing something, this seems stupid. For one, the square format will block adjacent SATA ports, severely limiting your system’s capacity. Secondly, much larger capacity SSD drives are available for decent prices, so the speed argument is moot. Sure, they’re not as small, but so what? Can anyone tell us, aside from the gee-whiz factor, why these are a good idea?

In any case, they’ll be available for pre-order from GeekStuff4U in a few days at an undetermined price.

[ Press Release (Translated)] VIA [ Gizmologia ]








  • http://www.facebook.com/juddhowie Judd Howie

    “Can anyone tell us, aside from the gee-whiz factor, why these are a good idea?”

    Great for virtualisation. Store your hypervisor on the small ssd and then all your disk images elsewhere/shared storage. That way if your hypervisor dies, just load up another one and keep on moving.
    These SSD's are a straight modern day DOM – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_on_module

  • Anonymous

    This is mostly useful for embedded systems.

  • blairf_felgenheimer

    Cause SATA cables cause cancer?

  • at41183

    Only good reason I could think of is if you're building a complete system the size of an NES controller or something :)

  • lobosolo

    might be good for heat problems or for a mobile car computer. other then that i dont know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xamox Anthony Oliver

    These would be awesome in uses such as having a mother board control a robot and you want to minimize space.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xamox Anthony Oliver

    These would be awesome in uses such as having a mother board control a robot and you want to minimize space.