One thing the storage market doesn't lack is a healthy selection of solid state drives (SSDs), and you can be up to your eyeballs in options when shopping a new drive. How does a company separate itself from the pack? If you're Plextor, you tap Marvell to provide the controller chipset and then boast about "unique enterprise-grade double-data protection technology" baked into each SSD.
Plextor's new M5 Pro Series uses Mavell's 88SS9187 Monet controller rather than anything from SandForce, the latter of which is the popular man on the SSD campus these days. According to Plextor, the multi-core controller is capable of handling extreme work loads and suitable for use in workstations, servers, and even RAID 0 configurations.
The M5 Pro Series offers a 128-bit error correction system complemented by a second layer of protection baked into Plextor's firmware. Marvell's Monet controller is also AES-validated by the U.S. government and provides 256-bit full drive encryption.
From a performance standpoint, Plextor rates the M5 Pro Series at up to 540MB/s read and 450MB/s write speeds, while delivering up to 94,000/86,000 random read/write IOPS.
Plextor says the drives will ship later this month in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities, each backed by a 5-year warranty. Unfortunately, the company didn't say how much they'll cost.