Seagate's getting into the SSD business, and it's doing so by converting coal into diamonds. Yesterday, Seagate inked a deal with DensBits, which has an SSD controller that it says can dramatically improve the speed and longevity of NAND flash memory -- basically making fairly low-quality SSDs into average-quality SSDs. Seagate bought an undisclosed stake in DensBits and together, they hope to bring "low-cost, high-performance" SSDs to both consumers and corporate buyers.
When is an Indilinx Everest SSD Controller not an Indilinx Everest SSD Controller? Pretty much all the time, as it turns out -- at least physically. OCZ purchased Indilinx back in 2011 and has shipped two generations of Everest-powered SSDs; the OCZ Octane sported the first gen tech, while the new OCZ Vertex 4 rocks an Indilinx Everest 2 controller. Yesterday, it came to light that both variations actually use Marvell hardware, but with Indilinx-developed custom firmware.
The hardworking folks over at OCZ have been busy little beavers today: not only did the company announce its new and improved Indilinx Everest 2 controller for SSDs, but it's also gone ahead and unveiled a new Vertex 4 SSD line to show off the new controller's chops. If the numbers being tossed around in OCZ's multiple press releases are any indication, the Indilinx Everest 2 and Vertex 4 should be big improvements over their predecessors.
When Apple recently updated its MacBook Air family of ultraportables, it switched the range entirely to solid-state storage for the speed boost flash memory provides. But it went against the grain by opting for an onboard storage solution, as opposed to the conventional way of wedging it all into an SSD enclosure. This was done in order to make the Air even more ethereal than before.
In fact, the Blade X-gale ultra-thin SSD modules are reportedly same as the ones inside Apple’s ultraportable notebook. According to MacRumors, not only do both come in identical capacities (64GB, 128GB, and 256GB), but also have the same part numbers. The Blade X-gale drives are capable of a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s.
"Delivering a product that enables superior user experience in a smaller footprint is the ultimate goal," noted Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "The density of MLC NAND enables the creation of smaller form factor high density storage solutions, and Toshiba, as the technology leader for NAND storage solutions, will continue to innovate in this space."