You'd have a hard time arguing that any company is more active in the solid state drive space than OCZ. In addition to a dizzying number of SATA-based SSD lines, OCZ also offers SSD options in USB 3.0, HDSL (High Speed Data Link), and PCI-Express, covering just about all the bases. It's easy to believe, then, that OCZ just shipped its one millionth SSD, and as far as we know, they're the only company to have done so.
Third party defragmenting software perhaps isn't as sexy as it used to be back in the XP era, but companies like Diskeeper Corporation are still around. In fact, Diskeeper Corporation just announced its Diskeeper 2011 program, which the company describes as "data performance software." And for those of you sitting pretty with a solid state drive (SSD), you're covered, too.
Seagate this morning announced a slew of new enterprise storage solutions, covering all the bases in the process. These include two new members to Seagate's performance-oriented Pulsar solid state drive (SSD) family, two next generation Savvio 15K and 10K hard drives, and a high capacity Constellation ES.2 3TB HDD.
OCZ shook up the solid state drive industry on Monday evening by announcing plans to acquire Indilinx Co., a privately held fabless provider of flash controllers and software for SSDs. What makes this business transaction so surprising is that OCZ is heavily invested with SandForce for its performance oriented consumer SSDs, and Indilinx, which builds the Barefoot controller, is a competitor to SandForce. Does this mean OCZ will be dumping SandForce?
In our quest to cover the latest and greatest technology, we’re sometimes guilty of neglecting perfectly cromulent SKUs from smaller manufacturers. The Phoenix Pro series of solid-state drives is built on the same SandForce SF-1200 controller that powers top-of-the-line drives like OCZ’s Vertex 2 series, Patriot’s Inferno, and Corsair’s Force. With new controllers on the way, SandForce drives, especially at lower capacities, will become good candidates for first-time SSD adopters. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at G.Skill’s 60GB Phoenix Pro. Can a company better known for gaming RAM deliver a compelling SandForce drive at a decent price point?
Hold onto your bootstraps because Intel's promising breakneck speeds with its new 510 Series solid state drives. The new SSDs sport a SATA 6Gpbs interface, making possible up to 500MB/s read and up to 315MB/s sequential write speeds. According to Intel, the 510 Series is the fastest consumer SATA SSD available today.
Today is a big day in the world of solid state drives. As you know (or are just now learning), SSD performance primarily hinges on the controller, which is one of the reasons why SSDs went through such growing pains early on. Stuttering, or lag, was a common problem that plagued early generation SSDs, and SandForce was one of the first to figure out how to avoid it. When scoping out a high performance SSD, there's a good chance it's sporting a SandForce controller. Well, baby, you ain't seen nothing yet. SandForce just announced its second generation SF-2200 and SF-2100 SSD processors, and boy do they pack a punch.
SuperTalent today announced its new CoreStore line of solid state drives "designed to bring a new level of performance to the SSD market." There are two versions -- one built with MLC memory and boasting 350MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds, and another using SLC memory and rated at 350MB/s read and 220MB/s read speeds. That's pretty fast, but it's the size of the SSD that steals the show, and we're not talking about capacity.
The folks over at VR-Zone seem to have it on good authority that Intel is planning to launch its new 510 series SSD on the first of next month. Codenamed Elm Crest, Intel is going all out with its first 6GB/s SATA3 SSD, which is being targeted at the high-end crowd. It will come in two capacities at launch, 120GB and 250GB, both in a 2.5-inch, 9mm form factor. Read and write speeds after the break.
We're all for seeing solid state drive (SSD) price levels drop down within reach of mainstream users, and we look forward to the day when we can justifiably build an HDD-less system without putting off the mortgage payment or making any capacity concessions. That day is still a long ways off, but OCZ's latest die shrink should inch us ever closer to SSD nirvana. OCZ, now fully focused on SSDs, says it's the first SSD maker to successfully transition to 2Xnm NAND flash-based storage solutions, which in turn will lower prices, the company says.