New SSD line gets its kicks from the Indilinx Barefoot 3 Series controller.
One thing OCZ had yet to do up to this point was deploy in-house ASIC technology on its Vertex family of solid state drives. That changes with the introduction of the Vertex 450 Series, which OCZ is marketing as a mid-range performer that sits between its value offerings and flagship Vector line. The Vertex 450 Series uses OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller, essentially a newer iteration of the Barefoot controller found in the Vertex 4.
When is an Indilinx Everest SSD Controller not an Indilinx Everest SSD Controller? Pretty much all the time, as it turns out -- at least physically. OCZ purchased Indilinx back in 2011 and has shipped two generations of Everest-powered SSDs; the OCZ Octane sported the first gen tech, while the new OCZ Vertex 4 rocks an Indilinx Everest 2 controller. Yesterday, it came to light that both variations actually use Marvell hardware, but with Indilinx-developed custom firmware.
The hardworking folks over at OCZ have been busy little beavers today: not only did the company announce its new and improved Indilinx Everest 2 controller for SSDs, but it's also gone ahead and unveiled a new Vertex 4 SSD line to show off the new controller's chops. If the numbers being tossed around in OCZ's multiple press releases are any indication, the Indilinx Everest 2 and Vertex 4 should be big improvements over their predecessors.
Way back in May of last year, OCZ announced it was rolling out a new firmware update for its Indilinx SSD controllers, the more-than-a-mouthful "Arowana Flash Translation Layer" update. Vertex Plus owners received the swanky new software in relatively short order, but it took until now -- nearly 10 months later -- for Indilinx Barefoot-controlled SSDs to garner the same attention. They say it's better late than never, though, and initial reports claim that Arowana delivers some solid results.
OCZ acquired solid-state drive (SSD) controller manufacturer Indilinx in March, 2011 for around $32 million. Much later that year, it announced a new range of Sata 6Gb/s SSDs based on the Indilinx Everest controller. Although these new Octane SSDs have received mostly positive reviews, they are not the best that money can buy when it comes to performance. This is especially true where random write performance is concerned. Now, though, there is something that you can do about it, thanks to the release of a “new enhanced IOPS firmware (v1.13).”
LG has a need for speed, and it's not the kind that Electronic Arts or Goose or Maverick can satisfy. Instead it's OCZ's subsidiary, Indilinix, that's providing LG with a shot of adrenaline by injecting its Super Ultrabook Z300 with a fast 256GB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) based on Everest. The Z330 will ship with a 256GB SSD that will be anything but a bottleneck.
After OCZ snatched up SSD controller-maker Indilinx back in March of 2011, it took them nearly nine months to work the company’s speedy new Everest controller into an actual product. (The Everest-sporting OCZ Octane launched back in the beginning of November.) It’s going to take them less time than that to roll out an Everest update; at CES, OCZ is showing off its new Everest 2 controller, which doubles up on the first-gen’s random IOPS performance and should hit the streets in June.
The race is on to see who can release the first solid state drive to close the gap on hard drive pricing, only nobody seems to be in the running. Until now. OCZ is putting its Indilinx acquisition to good use by launching an Indilinx Everest-based solid state drive series, called Petrol, that's supposed to reduce SSD deployment costs by thirty percent and close in on HDD price points.
Just when all seems bleak on the storage front, a possible savior has emerged: OCZ. No, the company doesn’t have plans to open an HDD facility in a dry location and start pumping out traditional drives. Instead, the solid-state-focused OCZ plans on rolling out a new, cheaper type of SSD early in 2012, in exactly the same time period that experts think traditional HDD reserves will be drying up.
It took few a months for OCZ's acquisition of Indilinx to bear fruit, but it finally has with the unveiling of the Indilinx Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform. The Everest controller features a dual-core ARM chip that supports the 6Gbps interface, up to 1TB of storage per controller, and according to OCZ, it's the first ASIC-based controller to enable state of the art triple-level cell NAND flash memory.