Remember Plextor? The name isn't thrown around as often as it once was, but Plextor's still out there, and cocky as ever. Take the new M2P Series solid state drive (SSD). Plextor says it's capable of sequential read and write speeds of up to 500MB/s and 440MB/s, respectively, which "clearly makes the M2P the fastest SSD currently available." Come again?
Patriot Memory just gave birth to a second generation Pyro drive line it's simply calling Pyro SE. Like its predecessor, the new Pyro SE solid state drive (SSD) sport a speedy SandForce SF-2281 controller, SATA 6Gbps interface, and blazing fast read and write speeds, the latter of which is slightly more peppy than the regular Pyro line.
Adata is totally stoked about its new high performance XM13 mSATA solid state drive. According to Adata, the XM13 is the fastest SSD in its class and represents the company's "increasingly strong R&D capabilities" while also establishing a firm foundation in the small form factor market. The XM13 uses 25nm MLC NAND flash memory and a modern SandForce chipset.
One thing Intel has never been very good at is keeping its roadmaps under lock and key. Perhaps that's by design, or perhaps not. Either way, yet another roadmap belonging to the Santa Clara chip maker has been leaked to the Web, this latest one detailing the company's plans in the SSD space for the rest of 2011 and on through next year. Here's what you can expect.
Corsair today announced what it says is a "major advance in high capacity SSDs," which is marketing speak for the retail availability of its 480GB Force Series GT SSD and 180GB and 480GB Force Series 3 SSDs. The 180GB is meant to replace smaller boot drives that became popular when SSD pricing was stuck in the stratosphere, with the 480GB an option for high performance notebooks users who require "massive SSD storage capacity in a single drive."
VisionTek of videocard fame is getting into the business of selling high end DDR3 memory kits. It's puzzling why a company not already selling RAM would want to suddenly jump in at this point in time, but VisionTek insists it's researched the memory market with due diligence and determined that it's a solid business to get into. The company says it will "only source and sell the best memory," referencing chips with tight timings for high performance and stable parts for overclocked systems. Bring it on.
As much as we'd like to be able to pick up a high performing 1TB or 2TB solid state drive for pennies per gigabyte, the market just isn't there yet. And since hard drives still offer oodles of storage at pauper level pricing, they must be flying out the factory door, right? Not exactly. We're still not at the crossover point where it automatically makes more sense to pick up an SSD over a mechanical HDD, but several factors are collectively playing a role in slowing global HDD shipments.
The latest version of Micron's RealSSD C400 includes self-encrypting technology based on the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal specifications. Micron is pitching its C400 SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) at government systems and large corporations concerned with the rise of malicious attacks and data breaches that have taken place in the past several months.
OCZ this week unveiled its Synapse Cache Series 2.5-inch solid state drive family. These aren't like most other SSDs in that they're not meant to stand on their own two feet. With the aid of built-in Dataplex cache software, OCZ's Synapse Series works alongside your existing hard drive and intercepts frequently accessed data to speed up system performance.
We didn't come up with that question out of the blue, and we only started wondering about the logistics of such a move after hearing rumors that Intel and SandForce are fast becoming pals. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Intel is at the very least seriously considering outfitting some of its high-end solid state drives with SandForce controllers, which would be just another notch -- albeit a very big on -- on SandForce's belt. But that's not all Intel is thinking about.