Storage device of the future: IO drives
The storage device of the future is called IO drive and is supposed to be connected to the system via PCI-E interface.
The new IO drives are said to replace the common hard drives within five years. They are based on the SSDs (Solid State Drive) and are supposed to be equipped with NAND Flash memory and a plug-in card design.
To ensure extreme high transfer rates a connection via a SATA interface, as it is used for SSDs for example, is not enough. The IO drives will have to be connected via PCI Express.
The new storage devices are primarily intended for server stations with huge data transfer. The first models of the new technology support 64 bit operating systems only. Booting with the IO drives is currently not possible yet says
Depending on the size the devices have different transfer rates. Thereby only four lanes of the PCI-E interface are used. Tweaktown gives the 80 GiByte model as an example that has a writing speed of 550 MiByte/s and a reading speed of 700 MiByte/s.
In matters of acquisition cost the 80 GByte version is available for 2,995 US-Dollars and the 320 GByte version for 14,400 US-Dollars.