Plextor Preps M6 Solid State Drive Prototype for a Flash Memory Summit Reveal

Paul Lilly

A new flagship SSD, perhaps?

The folks at Plextor are planning a special launch at the upcoming Flash Memory Summit in Santa Ana, California, next week, the company revealed to Maximum PC in an email. On tap is the unveiling of Plextor's new M6 Series solid state drive (SSD) family. It will feature the next generation of Plextor's proprietary TrueSpeed technology working in tandem with the Marvell 88SS9187 controller to deliver "enhanced performance and reliability," the company said.

Plextor's M6 Series SSDs will also feature the latest generation of A19 Toggle NAND flash memory from Toshiba and an ultra-slim 5mm casing. Unfortunately, that's all the details we have at this point, as Plextor is saving the juicy bits for its upcoming reveal.

As a point of reference, the Marvel 88SS9187 controller that will be used in the M6 Series is the same as found in Plextor's current generation M5 Pro SSDs . It's a multi-core controller that can handle extreme work loads and is suitable for use in workstations, servers, and even RAID 0 configurations.

Plextor recently rolled out new firmware for its M5 Pro SSD line, giving users a free performance boost by bumping up sequential write throughput to 470MB/s, up from 450MB/s and read/write performance to 100,000/88,000 IOPS, up from 94,000/86,000 IOPS (sequential read performance stayed the same at up to 540MB/s).

It's not clear if the M6 Series will also have a Pro designation.

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