SandForce to Showcase Prototype SSD Using 24nm Toshiba MLC NAND Flash Memory

Paul Lilly

SandForce has built quite a name for itself by building high-end solid state drive controllers employed in a number of enthusiast level SSDs, and the company doesn't show any signs of slowing down. After launching its second generation SF-2200 (SATA 6Gbps) and SF-2100 (SATA 3Gbps) chipsets earlier this year, SandForce says it's now prepared to demonstrate a prototype SSD built with Toshiba's 24nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory.

The demonstration is set to take place today through August 11 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. SandForce's prototype SSD combines the company's SATA 6Gbps SF-2000 series processors paired with Toshiba's 24nm Toggle Flash memory operating at 166 meta-transfers per second (MT/s), resulting in balanced read and write speeds of up to 500MB/s and up to 60,000 IOPS.

"As the principal inventor of NAND flash memory, Toshiba is constantly evolving this technology to be the highest quality and most cost effective media for SSDs by working closely with innovative companies like SandForce," said Shigeo Ohshima (PDF) , Technology Executive, Memory Design and Application Engineering, Toshiba. "The SandForce SF-2000 SSD processor, combined with our new 24nm NAND flash memory provides an optimal SSD solution to enable accelerated deployment of thin-and-light notebooks as well as mainstream enterprise applications."

According to Toshiba, this pairing is supposed to offer 1.9 times faster read and 1.5 times faster write speeds whem compared with current 32nm SSDs, SoftPedia reports . That would surely benefit SandForce's already strong share of the SSD market. SandForce says it has shipped "well over 2 million" chipsets in the past 18 months.

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