updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed August 12, 2009
OCZ Solid 2 SSD announced
OCZ has released its OCZ Solid 2 SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive, using MLC-based NAND flash memory for a balance between performance and price. While MLC memory is slightly slower than SLC memory, the new drives deliver 100MB/sec write (120GB model) and 125MB/sec read speeds and a seek time of less than 0.1ms using the less expensive memory type. The drives carry a 64MB onboard cache and a three-year warranty, while mean time between failure is rated at 1.5 million hours.
The OCZ Solid 2 drives are available in 60GB and 120GB versions, with the 120GB version delivering faster write performance --- the 120GB is rated for 100MB/sec, while the 60GB writes at 80GB/sec. They offer RAID support and low power consumption -- 4.5V to 5.5V -- with a shock resistance rating of 1500G. The drives use an Indilinx controller for enhanced performance.
OCZ is billing the drives as a mainstream consumer product with affordable prices. The company has not actually announced pricing and availability, however, a common practice among companies delivering SSD drives.