updated 12:40 pm EDT, Wed April 8, 2009
Super Talent 512GB SSD
Super Talent says it has become the first solid state drive manufacturer to actually release a solid-state drive with a 512GB capacity with a model in its 2.5-inch MasterDrive RX series. The largest capacity model is only available in a multi-level cell (MLC) chip, with a 230Mbps read speed and 160Mbps sequential write speed. Two other MLC SSDs make up the range available, in smaller 256GB and 128GB capacities. Models with 128GB and 256GB of storage will also soon become available in longer-lasting and faster (200Mbps write speed) single-level cell (SLC) flash memory arrangements. All five have internal RAID controllers.
Due to their nature, the MLC drives are warranted for two years, while the SLC drives have a three-year warranty. MLC flash has about 10,000 write-erase cycles, while SLC flash is ten-fold greater, at 100,000. Super Talent says the 128GB MLC drive will last just over 70 years at 50GB worth of write-erase cycles per day, while the 256GB SLC SSD has a lifetime of 1,404 years at the same rate.
The 512GB MasterDrive RX can be purchased for nearly $1,500 at several online retailers. Release dates and pricing for any of the other MasterDrive RX SSDs has not been announced. [via DailyTech]