If you recall, Intel was one of the first to offer a performance oriented solid state drive line using multi-level cell (MLC) memory. Intel's X-25 family would later be pushed aside by a growing competitor base offering faster and less expensive SSDs, and now everyone is enamored with SandForce-equipped drives. That could change with the launch of Intel's SSD 710 (Lyndonville) series, if you can afford one.
TDK is evidently stoked about its SDG3B solid state drive line, so much that it's announcing the launch of these industrial SSDs a month before release. Dubbed SDG3B, these SATA 3Gbps SSDs come equipped with TDK's GBDriver RS3 controller ICs. The focus here is on data reliability instead of balls-to-the-wall performance, and underscoring that point is the complete absence of cache.
See if this dilemma sounds at all familiar. Your PC's performance is being held back by your mechanical hard drive as it spins and stumbles around its platters fetching your data. Replacing it with a solid state drive is a surefire cure, but the high end ones cost too much and you don't want to settle for anything less. Are you out of luck? That all depends on where Patriot Memory prices its new Pyro SATA 6Gbps SSD line.
With its desktop DDR DRAM business now dead and buried, OCZ is making good use of its additional R&D resources by cranking out solid state drives at a breakneck pace, and the company's newly announced Z-Drive Revision 4 (R4) PCI Express storage solutions offer breakneck speeds for the enterprise. They also "significantly reduce total cost of ownership in the data center," OCZ says.
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.
According to Seagate, "Most SSD suppliers aren't fully aware of the needs of the enterprise," and that's where the company's Pulsar XT.2 solid state drive comes into play. The Pulsar XT.2 combines single-level cell (SLC) flash with a native 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface to make it Seagate's fastest drive to date, and it's now shipping through the distribution channel.
Imagine if you saved your hard earned pennies, stopped eating out for awhile, and made certain sacrifices in your latest build all so you could splurge on Intel's 600GB SSD 320 Series. It'd be worth it, right up until the drive goes haywire and insists it's an 8MB drive. Not cool, yet the so-called '8MB bug' has managed to infest Intel's entire line of 320 SSDs. On the bright side, Intel recently acknowledged the flaw, which is a step in the right direction.
RunCore, a Chinese manufacturer of solid state drives (SSDs) for consumers, enterprise, and military applications, just announced a new line of mSATA SSDs -- T50 -- based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller. These are the first mSATA drives to support SATA 6Gb/s and are aimed primarily at high-end ultraportables with a maximum I/O performance of 60,000 4K random write IOPS and 35,000 random read IOPS.
Corsair tells us its begun shipping its new Force Series GT solid state drives to its network of authorized distributors and retailers worldwide, and that you should be able to order the drives in July. For those of you shopping a high-speed SSD, you can add the Force Series GT line to your list of potential candidates. These SSDs strut into the scene with the new SandForce SF-2280 controller, native support for SATA 6Gb/s, and ONFI synchronous flash memory.
More and more memory companies are bumping uglies with SandForce's latest SF-2200 controller, the sexy slice of silicon mostly responsible for those ultra high-speed read and write speeds advertised on today's top shelf solid state drives. And though a little late to the party, sparks did eventually fly between SandForce's SF-2200 processor and Patriot, igniting the company's new Wildfire SSD line.