Do you go for the speed of an SSD or the capacity of a traditional HDD? If you said 'both,' you're halfway to the finish line on this one. Silverstone's new HDDBoost gadget promises to take the best of both worlds, combine the two together, and yield up to a 70 percent increase in performance over that of an existing host hard drive.
The drive enclosure is compatible with most 2.5-inch SDDs and slides neatly into any available internal 3.5-inch drive bay. A SATA cable then connects the enclosure to a mechanical hard drive, and the device does the rest. There's no special software or drivers to muck around with, and it works with any OS tha supports a SATA interface.
Once everything's hooked up, the HDDBoost takes over and copies your most used files to the SSD, and then accesses them first whenever needed. By doing so, Silverstone claims a huge performance boost, all without sacrificing storage space.
Right now the device is only available in Japan and runs about $50. No word yet on when the company plans on shipping it to the U.S. market, but if the HDDBoost lives up to Silverstone's claims, we wouldn't be surprised to see it show up soon.
If Alternate.de's listing is any indication (see here), OCZ is busy readying an update to its Vertex 2 SSD line, the Vertex 2 'Limited Edition'.
Fudzilla says the updated SSDs will be available in 100GB and 200GB capacities, but it's unknown whether the Limited Edition units will use the same SandForce controller as found on the Vertex 2 Pro. Either way, the upcoming drive sports some pretty impressive read and write speeds, with Fudzilla reporting reads to be in the vicinity of 250MB/s to 270MB/s, while writes will cruise along at 235MB/s.
Like most high-end SSDs, the Vertex 2 Limited Edition units aren't likely to come cheap. At the current exchange rate, Alternate.de has the 200GB model listed at roughly $1,237, or about $6.18 per gigabyte.
Kingston is refreshing their line of solid state drives with the SSDNow V+. The big advantage users will see in this generation of Kingston drives is support for TRIM. This should keep these pricey drives humming along smoothly throughout their life. The new drives also come in larger sizes, all the way from 64GB up to 512GB. The SSDNow V+ will be capable of 230MB/s read and 180MB/s write.
Kingston is offering a few options for interested customers. The bare OEM drive can be purchased, or for a few extra bucks there will be a bundle that comes with cloning software, a USB enclosure, cabling, and 2.5” to 3.5” mounting brackets. Pricing starts at $268 for the 64GB bare drive, and goes up to a dream shattering $1,969 for the 512GB. Tack on an extra $16 if you want the bundle, and really… at that point why be cheap?
Never mind complaints about high prices for low capacities, some early stuttering problems, questions about life expectancy, and other concerns--the SSD market grew by 14 percent in 2009, shipping over 11 million units, according to IDC. And that's just the beginning. You can expect to see solid growth in 2010, and by 2013, SSD's compound growth rate (CAGR) over 2008-2013 will reach 54 percent.
"Despite lingering uncertainties around the economy, IDC remains positive on the outlook for SSDs and believes the trajectories for shipment and revenue growth are a source of optimism moving forward," said Jeff Janukowicz, research manger, Hard Disk Drive Components and Solid State Drives at IDC.
IDC acknowledges that pricing remains a concern and will ultimately determine SSD adoption, but notes that as NAND memory continues to cost less, so too will SSDs. This will prove instrumental in the home PC SSD market, a segment where users aren't as willing as notebook users to pay more for SSDs, IDC said.
Super Talent has the high-end enterprise and database server markets squarely in its sights with the unveiling of the company's new TeraDrive SSD series.
"Super Talent has a solid track record of developing leading edge SSDs. Their new TeraDrive series, incorporating SandForce technology, is an impressive advance in enterprise storage," said Thad Omura, VP Marketing at SandForce, Inc.
The TeraDrive series is being offered in capacities from 50GB to 200GB and boast support for SATA 3Gbps. Speed shouldn't be an issue, not on paper, anyway. According to Super Talent, its TeraDrive series come capable of of up to 250MB/s read and write speeds "that will not degrade over time," as well as up to 30,000 IOPS.
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In 2009, OCZ emerged as one of the busiest makers of SSDs on the planet, and lest you thought they might kick it down a notch in 2010, take a look at company's roadmap.
There will be no slowing down for OCZ, who is wasting no time in transitioning to 34nm and 32nm NAND flash memory. This will allow OCZ to introduce larger models, including 512GB versions of the Vertex and Agility series. The company's also planning a 1.8-inch SSD built around Indilinx's new Amigos controller.
The next generation of Vertex drives, Vertex 2, will sport a customized SF-1200 controller from SandForce and boast 270MB/s read and 260MB/s write speeds, putting them close to the theoretical bandwidth limits of SATA II.
OCZ also plans to expand its Z-Drive series, which use the PCI-E bus. The upcoming Z-Drive e88 will come rated at up 1400MB/s read and 1500MB/s write speeds, however it will be mainly targeted at enterprise environments. On the desktop front, the Z-Drive p88 will boast 1300MB/s read and 1200MB/s write speeds.
No word yet on pricing for any of the upcoming models.
As storage technology moves inexorably toward solid state, Toshiba is determined to be on the forefront of the changeover. The Japanese tech giant has announced plans to expand their selection of 32nm Multi-Level-Cell (MLC) NAND SSD units. The new lineup will include a “Half-Slim” 128GB SSD suitable for use in netbooks. The drives will be capable of 180MB per second read and 70MB per second write speeds.
Lest you assume that Toshiba has forgotten the performance space, there will also be new high performance SSDs. These standard 2.5-inch drives will be capable of 250MB per second read and 180MB per second write speeds. They will be available in sizes ranging from 64GB all the way up to 512GB.
If you’re weary of SSD reliability, fear not. These drives will support the new TRIM commands implemented in Windows 7. The first production samples should show up in Q1, with wide availability in Q2. No pricing information was available.
OCZ this week announced that enterprise solid state drive (SSD) provider WhipTail Technologies will tap into OCZ's "premium" SSDs for products and services the company offers.
"We are proud to support WhipTail with our enterprise class OEM SSD products," commented Ryan Petersen, CEO at the OCZ Technology Group. "WhipTail’s unique Racerunner solution takes full advantage of all the benefits of solid state drives to provide their customers with an exceptional storage appliance that gives their customers a competitive advantage."
WhipTail will use OCZ's SSDs to configure its Racerunner SSD appliances, which consists of a proprietary software stack and are touted as the "fastest flash-based appliances currently on the market."
Seagate’s new line is called Pulsar. According to Seagate, Pulsar is intended for blade and general server applications--which means they will be targeted to the enterprise market segment.
The drives will be built with chips of Seagate’s own design, making use of single-level cell (SLC) technology (for reliability), fit into a 2.5-inch form factor, use a SATA 3Gb/s interface, and will be available in capacities up to 200GB.