SandForce SSD capable of 450MBps sequential write speed
Kingston has extended its SSDNow line to include the V300 line. Using 19nm NAND Flash, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and an LSI SandForce 2281 flash storage processor, similarly to the SSDNow V+200 launched at the start of the year, the V300 can reach sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB per second. Kingston claim this to be ten times faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.
Kingston shows off fast HyperX 3K SSD range
Kingston has just introduced its latest SSD range, the Hyper X 3K, meant to appeal to budget buyers who still want some performance. Available in 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities, the drives are powered by the second-gen SandForce SF-2281 prcoessor. Their 6Gbps SATA Rev. 3.0 interface lets them achieve rated sequential read speeds of 555MBps and sequential write speeds of 510MBps. For extending life, they have the SandForce DuraClass tech onboard.
Super Talent ships its fastest SSDs to date
Flash memory maker Super Talent has now released its fastest range of SSDs thus far, with the 2.5-inch, SATA3-equipped TeraNova. All of the MLC drives get a fast SandForce 2200 controller with unique firmware. The drives are available in 64-, 120-, 240-, and 480GB capacities.
BiTMICRO to test third-gen controllers next year
BiTMICRO Networks, maker of SSD drives, has developed two new application-specific integrated controllers (ASIC). The unnamed chips are meant for enterprise drives and promise support for 400,000 random write IOPS while handling capacities of over 5TB. The numbers compare favorably to competitors such as SandForce's SF-2000 that only manages 60,000 IOPS.
LSI makes 322m deal to buy SandForce
LSI shook up flash drives Wednesday with word it was buying SandForce. The $322 million cash deal gives it access to SandForce's well-known, very fast controllers for solid-state drives. The acquirer, normally limited to PCI Express cards, now said would have a stake in ultrabooks like the ASUS Zenbook UX21 as well as regular netbooks and other regular PCs.
120GB to 480GB SSDs feature Sandforce controllers
Kingston has begun shipping the SSDNow KC100 Drive for business environments. The SATA 3.0 drive is available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. It incorporates SandForce's SSD contoller into its architecture and should be very fast depending on capacity, with sequential reads of 540 to 555 MB per second, and sequential writes of 450MB to 510MB per second.
Two new 90GB Corsair Force SSDs priced
Storage drive maker Corsair has just introduced two new 90GB solid state drives, the Force 3 and Force GT. They split the difference between the company's other capacities of 60GB and 120GB. The Force 3, even as the lower-end model, still has a 550MBps read speed and 500MBps write speed.
Combines controller with Toshiba for next gen SSD
Sandforce has used the Flash Memory Summit, currently taking place in Santa Clara, to show off its SSD controller working with 24 nanometer multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology that will be used in SSD drives. For the demonstration, the company has combined its SSD-2000 controller with Toshiba's newest NAND flash to create what it sees as a a next generation storage solution.
Kingston's first drive with SATA 3.0 interface
Kingston is now shipping its first solid-state drives to use the SATA 3.0 6Gb/s interface, the
HyperX SSD. The HyperX SSD drives are available in either 120GB and 240GB capacity and use the SandForce SF-2281 controller. Sequential read/write throughput can reach 555MB/s and 510MB/s, respectively. Maximum 4KB random performance is 95,000 IOPS read and 70,000 IOPS write on the 120GB model.
Corsair recalls some Force 3 SSDs for instability
Corsair is now recalling the 120GB versions of its recently released Force 3 SSDs due to stability issues with the product. Users are being told to stop using the drives immediately and are getting two options, including returning the drive to Corsair at its expense for an exchange unit that has the same specifications, or simply return it for a refund where they bought it. The affected drives have the CSSD-F120GB3-BK model number and Corsair says the 60GB and 240GB version is not affected.
100GB to 400GB variants
OCZ Technology has introduced two new Vertex-series SSDs claimed to take advantage of 6Gb/s transfer speeds supported by SATA III interfaces. Performance is said to be doubled from the previous generation, with a new SandForce processor that reaches 550MB/s read transfer rates, 500MB/s write rates, and up to 60,000 IOPS.
Corsair to show SATA 3 Force GT SSDs at CeBIT
Corsair on Thursday said it would show off its Force Series GT solid state drives to the CeBIT show in Germany in March. The drives will use a new SandForce memory controller, the SF-2000, that supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) natively. The upgrade allows the SSDs to reach read speeds as fast as 520MB per second and write speeds of up to 500MB per second, along with as much as 60,000 random write integer operations per second.
SSD Form Factor Working Group aims to improve SSD
A newly-formed SSD Form Factor Working Group has been formed, with the aim of bringing out a PCI Express-based SSD standard. Made up of promoter members Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM and Intel, the group will focus on enterprise customers who need ever-higher performance storage that is cost effective and easy to use. While PCIe based SSDs are available now, they aren't simple and are usually reserved for servers, workstations and very high-end gamers.
SandForce SF-2000 controller to support 500MBps
SandForce will show off its new SF-2000 range of SSD processors at the Storage Networking World Exhibition next week. Meant for enterprise and other heavy-duty tasks, they sport a 6Gbps SATA interface and the industry's first sustained, sequential read and write performance of 500MB per second; most drives reach half this figure. The controller also has a unique 60,000 sustained random read/write IOPS rating.
OWC Extreme Pro SSD 40GB cracks price barrier
OWC finished the week this afternoon by cracking a price barrier with the Mercury Extreme Pro. The new 40GB hits the $100 price mark but still uses a high-speed SandForce memory controller that should make it the fastest at its price. Read and write speeds can both last as high as 260MB per second, a speed normally reserved for larger capacity but also much more expensive drives.
Mushkin outs new, fast Callisto SSDs in 3 sizes
Mushkin on Tuesday released a new solid state drive series, the Callisto. Available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities, the drives are the fastest offered by the company. Read speeds can reach 285MBps while write speeds are as fast as 275MBps.
Corsair 2.5-inch Force Series SSDs use SATA II
Corsair on Thursday introduced a new range of solid state drives with the Force Series. Both the 100GB and 200GB models have a SATA II interface and offer purportedly class-topping 280MBps peak read speeds and 260MBps write speeds. Corsair credits the speed to the use of a newer SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor to help govern traffic.
OWC outs first enterprise-grade 2.5-inch SSDs
Other World Computing (OWC) on Tuesday released its first solid state drive range, which it is touting as the fastest and most reliable 2.5-inch SATA SSD in the field. The Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD can be had in up to a 200GB capacity, along with two smaller sizes, and is compatible with either Macs or PCs. Thanks to a newer SandForce processor, the drives are said to keep their optimal 260MBps read and write speeds with 0.1ms latency.