sTec have just posted a press release on their new Micro SAS SSD devices,which use the 1.8″ form factor. There are two models, the s842, which comes in 200 & 400GB capacities and the s846, with the same specifications and including 256-bit AES self-encryption.
In some respects these devices are little marvels. They offer over 400MB/s sustained I/O rates and have a resilience of 10x capacity writes per day for 5 years.
As form factors reduce, I wonder how much longer we will see the need to encapsulate non-volatile memory in traditional disk sizes. Naturally compatibility will be an ongoing requirement, but surely with SSDs, storage is at an inflexion point where traditional spinning device geometry isn’t needed. Good as these devices are, they must be nothing more than a stepping stone to direct memory attached storage.
The original press release can be found below.