Anyone heard of Fusion-IO? I’ve been doing some reading and it seems like if the press is reliable they may have hit that breakthrough I’ve been looking for.
Essentially it’s up to (currently) 320GB of NAND-Flash storage memory that fits into a PCI-E x4 slot. Booting from this is supposed to come sometime in Q3, but when it does, watch out. The numbers they are quoting:
- Over 125,000 IOPS of random sustained read/write packets
- 700MB per second of bandwidth – Sustained
make them easily one of the best performers in the game. You can transfer 4.5GB (a single-sided DVD) in about 5 seconds.
The fact that they have a 320GB card out, and a 640G card due later this year, means they’ve got conventional SSD beat. The only serious drawback I can see is the lack of a 2.5″ form-factor SATA interface for laptops. But who knows – that may also be coming down the pipeline soon. I’d replace the 80GB SATA-II drive in my Latitude D620 with one of the 80G ioDrives in a heartbeat.
Check them out at www.fusionio.com and let me know what you think.