updated 11:35 pm EDT, Tue March 17, 2009
Super Talent SSDs
Super Talent has released the UltraDrive ME and UltraDrive LE families of solid state drives (SSDs), with capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB. The UltraDrive ME is claimed to offer read speeds of up to 200MB per second and write speeds of 160MB per second. The UltraDrive LE features improved transfer rates, with a maximum read speed of 230MB per second and write speeds up to 170MB per second. Internal testing indicated sequential read IOPS of over 13,000 and sequential write IOPS of almost 16,000.
The UltraDrives connect via SATA-II and are designed for notebook computers or other applications requiring 2.5-inch drives. Compared to standard hard drives, SSDs potentially provide improved shock and vibration resistance, along with a wider tolerance to extreme temperatures. The devices also integrate edge error correction (ECC), wear leveling and bad block management to protect against malfunction.
The UltraDrive ME is available with capacities between 32GB and 256GB and street prices ranging from $130 to $645, while the LE family offers capacities between 32GB and 128GB. The drives are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux systems and come with a manufacturer's warranty.