Extreme FFS, SuperSpeed USB: High speeds, high expectations

SanDisk recently announced that it could make SSDs (Solid State Drives) up to a hundred times faster (in certain situations, probably means it will still be significantly faster in all other situations). In other news, the long awaited USB 3.0 specs will finally be unveiled at the USB implementers forum on November 17th 2008. No further delays, fingers crossed.

The new SSD technology called FFS (Flash File System, not the other full form of the acronym) will improve random write speeds by up to 100 times. It also has the ability to learn user patterns. This will mean that by learning user patterns frequently used data will be arranged in such a pattern that will maximize performance.

USB 3.0 has been long awaited, almost 3 years if we are not mistaken, and promises a lot of good things. Not only does it have backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices, it also has transfer speeds that are 10 times faster than current best USB speeds. They are so fast in fact that it makes us wonder if even flash based devices will be able to utilise their full performance potential.

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