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Fusion-io Announces Solid State Drive

Salt Lake City-based Fusion-io. a developer of solid state disk drives, said Wednesday that it has shipped a new product. The firm said its new ioDrive Duo doubles the capacity of its former products, and offers up to 640 gigabytes of capacity. Fusion-io said that the product--which plugs into PCs as a PCI-Express card--provides up to 1.5 gigabytes-per-second of sustained throughput on a single card. The disk drive is targeted at database and systems administrators looking to accelerate the performance of their applications. Solid state disk drives--which use flash memory, instead of spinning disks for storage--are more expensive, but much faster, than traditional disk drives. Fusion-io said the new product will be available in April.