OCZ today introduced a new line of high-performance solid state drives intended for the enterprise market, the Deneva 2 series. These new drives take full advantage of the SATA 6Gb/s interface and, according to OCZ, have been designed for a wide range of enterprise applications including servers, cloud computing, and data centers.
You know the solid state drive market is progressing at a breakneck pace when even Adata is churning out high-performance SSDs. Adata, perhaps best know for building entry-level components aimed at budget builders, announced the first shipments of its S511 SSDs built around the SandForce SF-2200 series controller. Jumping off the porch to run with the big dogs, the S511 SSD series represents Adata's first foray into SATA 6Gb/s territory.
Someone at Intel already let slip a roadmap outlining the chip maker's future solid state drive plans, but at the time (May), details were in short order. The leaked roadmap revealed codenames, capacities, and a few other odds and ends, but it didn't offer up any specs, leaving us to wonder how Intel's upcoming flagship SSDs would stack up against the competition. We don't have to wonder anymore, not if the latest leak turns out to be accurate.
Your mother might have asked you a million times if you'd jump off a bridge if all your friends turned into a bunch of Lemmings (anyone remember that game?) and started the death parade. Point taken, though it's not always a bad thing to follow in the footsteps of others. Take Mushkin, for example, which just announced its Chronos line of solid state drives built around the same SandForce SF-2281 chipset found in other high-end SSDs.
Ruh-roh Shaggy, that smokin' fast 120GB Corsair Force Series solid state drive you bought might sputter and spin out. That's the word from Corsair, which says that a "significant percentage of these drives do not perform to specifications." Corsair said it analyzed issues associated with the stability of the recently released drive and wants users to stop using them immediately, even there are no signs of janky behavior.
As far as solid state drives go, Kingston Technology up to this point has mostly been focused on value driven and enterprise-class SSDs, having only recently announced its enthusiast grade HyperX SSD line. Through the combination of the three, Kingston reckons it will move some 1 million SSDs by the end of the year at a clip of more than 100,000 units every month.
Micron is making the claim that its new RealSSD P320h solid state drive series is the world's fastest enterprise SSD line built to take advantage of the PCI Express bus. These new drives come in 350GB and 700GB capacities, use 34nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory chips, and offer up to 3GB/s of sustained data throughput, more than double that of the nearest competitor, Micron says.
Someone must have lit a fire under Kingston's backside and told them, 'Hey, don't forget about the enthusiasts!' The memory maker's response? Tapping into SandForce to launch its first SATA 3 (6Gb/s) SSD targeted at power users. This is the first time Kingston has partnered up with SandForce, which will power the company's ultra fast HyperX SSD line.
OCZ ditched the DRAM business after helping pioneer a market for enthusiast level RAM, but the company didn't leave behind its power user mentality. That much was demonstrated at the Computex trade show when OCZ set a new benchmark record of more than 1 million 4K write IOPS with a Z-Drive R4 equipped 3U Colfax International Server based on a Supermicro platform with 7.2TB of MLC storage.
Sandisk on Tuesday introduced two new SSD models for ultra-thin notebooks and tablets at the ongoing Computex trade fair in Taipei. According to the company, both the u100 (for ultra-thin notebooks) and the i100 (for tablets) use the SATA III interface and boast “a low-power architecture that reduces power consumption to as low as 10mW.” Hit the jump for more.