updated 04:20 pm EST, Wed January 21, 2009
Corsair enter SSD market
Computer memory manufacturer Corsair recently unveiled its first solid-state drive with the S128. Meant for the mainstream user, the S128 has a 128GB capacity and relatively average read speeds of 90MBps and write speeds of 70MBps. What differs the S128 from similar drives, the company claims, is its use of a Samsung controller instead of the more common JMicron 602 controller used in MLC SSDs such as OCZ's Core series of SSDs.
Drives that use the JMicron controller have reportedly been shown to write at about half the speed of their Samsung-driven counterparts, and nearly a third of their quoted write speeds in some instances. Because of its faster controller and Samsung NAND chips for storage, the Corsair drives will demand a premium over competing products with the slower controller.
Corsair says it will ship faster solid-state drives in the future, though no other details were given. For now, the S128 can be pre-ordered in the UK for the equivalent of about $450, including all applicable taxes. [via CustomPC]