updated 01:30 pm EDT, Mon August 11, 2008
230MBps SSD drives?
Semiconductor maker Indilinx has upped the potential throughput of SSD drives, an announcement claims. The company says that its Barefoot controller, just out of development, is capable of peak read/write speeds up to 230MBps, allegedly the fastest on the market. This speed is entirely dependent on the type of memory used however, and in practicality it operates at 170MBps with SLC (single-level) NAND memory, or 200/160MBps using MLC (multi-level) NAND.
Also notable is that the controller supports multiple types of memory from prolific companies, like Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix and Micron, and in capacities up to 512GB. Most desktop and notebook systems currently use drives sized at 128GB or less, like the MacBook Air, whose SSD option holds only 64GB at a premium of $800.
Mass production of the Barefoot is planned for the fourth quarter of 2008.