Seagate's 600 Series Solid State Drive is Its First SSD for Consumers

Paul Lilly

Welcome to the consumer fray, Seagate.

Seagate , one of the largest suppliers of hard drives in the world, announced on Tuesday a new portfolio of flash-based storage solutions. Among the portfolio of products is a new Seagate 600 Series solid state drive, the company's first client-based SSD and one that's available in multiple z-heights, including an industry first 5mm-high drive that can squeeze into ultra-thin devices and laptops alike.

The 600 Series comes in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB flavors, all of which use multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and sport a 6Gbps interface. Performance varies by capacity and breaks down as follows:

  • 120GB: 500+MB/s read, 300+MB/s write, up to 80,000 IOPS read, up to 60,000 IOPS write
  • 240GB: 500+MB/s read, 400+MB/s write, up to 80,000 IOPS read, up to 70,000 IOPS write
  • 480GB: 500+MB/s read, 400+MB/s write, up to 80,000 IOPS read, up to 70,000 IOPS write

Seagate didn't mention the controller it's using, but a peek at some reviews that have popped up on the web indicate it's based on Link A Media Device's LM87800 controller, the same as found in Corsair's Neutron and Neutron GTX SSDs.

The storage maker also unveiled a 600 Pro SSD Series billed as a low power server and storage solution that's especially well suited for cloud system builders, hyperscale data centers, content deliver networks, cloud service providers, and virtualized environments. It only uses 2.8W of power (typical).

Finally, Seagate announced a 1200 SSD Series. These drives feature dual-port 12Gbps SAS connectors and are twice as fast as previous generation drives. These are available in capacities up to 800GB in either a 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch form factor.

No word yet on price or availability.

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