Seeking local source for thin-client IDE flash modules.

Lennart Sorensen lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at
Mon Dec 8 23:46:14 UTC 2008

On Mon, Dec 08, 2008 at 12:54:46PM -0500, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> I agree with the concept, but maybe these days it's a better idea to
> consider SDHC rather than CF cards, given that SDHC cards are showing up
> in higher capacities and lower cost/GB thanks to their popularity in
> devices such as camcorders.

CF _is_ IDE.  SD isn't.  CF isn't going anywhere.  It is very widely in

> Something such as 
> (without the enclosure)
> or
> or
> Anyway, you get the idea. The adaptors are out there.
> If going SDHC, decent speed 16GB can easily be had locally for under $50
> (with the lowest at $36) and is big enough to hold the most bloated
> Linux distribution. Right now that seems to be the sweet spot because
> 32GB cards are much harder to find and in the $200-250 range.

I am not sure what SD cards do for wear leveling.  CF by being IDE
interface has to do wear leveling sufficiently well to be treated as a
generic disk (and generally they do, while SD often does not since it is
mainly used by cameras to write large files sonsequtively).

> And, of course, one other alternative is to use a regular SSD that's
> configured to talk directly to the IDE interface, using a form factor
> resembling (and mounting like) a regular (2.5") hard disk. Those range
> from $100 for 32GB to $400-500 for 128MB.
> I'm not yet aware of a 64MB CF or SDHC card in wide public availability.

They are around I believe, but a bit hard to find.  16GB is easy to

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