While it's taken quite a while to start seeing any form of significant decrease in the cost of owning a solid-state HDD, more so just recently we've begun to see them slide down towards the real world. One of the first signs of this came in the form of Super Talent's new MasterDrive MX SSDs, which had the top model (a 120GB variant) sitting at $699.
OCZ has now stepped in with the Core Series 2.5" SSDs which boast even more aggressive pricing with a 128GB model sitting at just $479. Other drives in the lineup include a 32GB model at $169 and 64GB at $259. Read below for OCZ's promised performance figures :-
Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143 MB/s 80-93 MB/s read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5" HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power. MSRPs at time of launch are USD $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively.
The SSD market never looked so good.
Sunnyvale, CA-July 1, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives (SSDs). OCZ has gained momentum in this pioneering technology, which uses NAND flash instead of rotating platters as the storage medium, and is a high-performance, highly reliable and energy-efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives.
The OCZ Core Series delivers the performance and reliability of the latest SSDs at a 50% less price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. For the first time, OCZ is putting SSD technology within reach of the average consumer, and delivering on the promise of SSDs as an alternative to traditional hard drives in consumer targeted mobile applications.
World reknowned flash storage specialist Silicon-Power has just launched a new 2.5" 128GB SATA-II solid-state drive which uses a differential-signal-amplified-system to help push transfer rates through the roof.
Silicon-Power state read rates of 120MB/sec and a writing speed of 70MB/sec on this particular SSD. You can find more details on it within the official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan-Silicon-Power, the leading brand in Flash Memory Manufacturers, today launches its SATA II 128GB 2.5-inch Solid State Disk. The SATA II interface has 3.0Gbps bandwidth which is doubled compared with the previous SATA I interface. Also, with the new "differential-signal-amplified-system", the transfer rate can up to 300MB/s while executing the huge amount of data. Unlike the traditional hard drive, The Silicon-Power SSD has no physical contact with the storage device or moving parts, and it equipped with the most advance Wear Leveling technology to ensure the durability of usage. Furthermore, it carries shockproof and anti-vibration features, and provides user with high efficiency and gigantic capacity. The Silicon-Power SATA II 2.5" SSD can be widely used in various purposes with any critical working environments.
Toshiba made the news today when it released its 160GB MK1617GSG drive today.
What makes it special is its small form factor - it is said to be the world's largest and fastest 1.8-inch hard drive and designed specifically for small notebooks and Mobile Internet Devices.
Sure, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are the most popular at the moment but they are also expensive. At this present time, a 160GB SSD drive is just out of the question due to the high cost.
Toshiba's MK1617GSG gets 8MB of cache, 15 millisecond average seek time, two 80GB platters, SATA 1.5Gb/s and 5,400 RPM. If all of that doesn't mean anything to you, what it should translate into is a small hard drive that offers rather good performance.
You'll start seeing these new 160GB (and 80GB) drives popping up in OEM systems and notebooks from August but there were no details on if they will hit the retail channel store shelves.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Popping into the Thecus booth to get a look at their latest NAS solutions and we come away with a ton of pictures.
First up is a seven bay solution running an Intel Celeron 2GHz with twin Gigabit Ethernet.
Next they show us a media streaming NAS with a remote control, GUI and full 1080p HDMI output... sweet.
Lastly we have a PC concept from Thecus designed for offices and schools where you may only need a small machine. Specs include notably an AMD Geode processor running at 500MHz, Gigabit Ethernet, 1GB DDR and SATA HDD.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 We just finished talking about Intel's G45 Express based HTPC that it had setup behind closed doors.
Possibly one of the reasons it was performing so well was the fact that it wasn't using no traditional hard disk drive, it was using an SSD.
Intel has been making noise of late about its plans to brin out an 80GB SSD this year followed by 160GB and beyond and at reasonable prices.
Today we go our first look at Intel's 80GB SATA-II solid state drive and we can confirm they are working and rather well at that. We didn't have enough time to run any read or write tests but at the same time Intel no made outrageous claims of speed.
Here's your first look at a real, live and working Intel SSD...
We got no details on pricing or availability.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Super Talent has announced today a new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA Solid State Drives which the company plans to showcase over the next few days.
Dubbed the MasterDrive KX series, these MLC NAND Flash based SSDs are designed to be an ideal upgrade for UMPCs thanks to their ultra-thin height of just 5mm; slimmer than usual 1.8" offerings. Three models exist in the new lineup thus far, these comprising a 30GB, 60GB and 120GB model at MSRP's of $299, $449 and $679 respectively.
Computex, Taipei, Taiwan - June 3, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today released a new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA SSDs.
At merely 5mm thick, these Micro-SATA SSDs are slimmer than most 1.8-inch hard drives, and hold up to 120GB of data. "In terms of performance, power consumption, and shock and vibration resistance the MasterDrive KX is substantially better than hard drives. The MasterDrive KX is an excellent upgrade for laptop users looking for greater reliability or to accelerate bootup and load times", Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James explained.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Among the many OCZ had to show off at its suite were a couple other pen drives - Spyder and Diesel.
Spyder is a tiny slider pen drive which as far as we know comes in sizes up to 8GB due to its form factor. It's a rather stylish looking pen drive that weighs basically nothing. On an interesting packaging note, OCZ's Alex did mention to us to pay special attention to it and the very small amount of plastic used. It is something we can expect more from OCZ as the ever busy memory company does all it can to help out Mother Nature.
Diesel is OCZ's attempt at providing a cheap pen drive but with a large storage device. It uses lower grade memory which doesn't work as fast as its top models but OCZ did mention it wil still probably beat out other brands even though it is their "cheap version".
Get yourself a look at the pen drives exclusively here...
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Among its DDR3-2000 memory running at CL9, Patriot showed off its SATA-II 256GB SSD drive at its booth today out in Nangang. Here is a shot of it for all of you.
The friendly folks we talked to were hush hush on pricing but said they expected it to be on sale by July. It's going to set you back quite a few pennies, so start saving them. Patriot claim incredible read and write speeds but since we spoke to them today (Day 0), the live demo was not up and running when we visited them.
We will check back with them later in the week and see what it is capable of when put to the HD Tach test.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 While we visited Alex and Jessica at their suite at Computex this afternoon, we got a look at a company that is obviously busier than ever.
First up we get an exclusive look at OCZ's soon to be released Fortress pen drive - it will go head to head with Corsair's Survivor pen drive for toughness and durability. Some folks have done such extreme things as running Corsair's pen drive over in an army tank.
OCZ steps things up a notch by adding in a display screen which will display things such as free storage space and so on. We don't know how that screen will go getting smashed by hammers and whatever else, but we will see later when we actually get a closer look a the product, which was all on the plane coming over from the US when we visited OCZ.
Tomorrow OCZ is also releasing a new line of memory but we were sworn to secrecy - about all we can say is that involves gaming. Check back at this space tomorrow for more details!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Stopping in at TEAM Group we get treated to a quick tour of their SSD offerings.
They focus on multi form factor SSD solutions with everything from plug in stubby SSD drives that fit IDE slots, non-standard sized laptop drives and PCMCIA-express slot cards which you can see from the snap we took below.
Availability within the next month (early July) they should proved a useful for Vista PC's wanting to use an SSD to Ready Boost their system and gain additional storage.
Soon we will be seeing PCMCIA-express ready boosting cards and SATAII SSD's combined to improve laptop speeds immensely and decrease power drain on the batteries.
Over the weekend in Taipei, Samsung announced that it plans to have a 256GB solid state drive out in mass production by the end of this year in 1.8" and 2.5" sizes.
Not only a good feat in the storage capacity department, Samsung also claims using its own MLC flash RAM and SATA-II interface that its upcoming SSD will be able to hit massive read speeds of 200MB/s (yes - megabytes per second) and sequential read rates of 160MB/s.
As noted in the report by TG Daily, the fastest consumer hard drive on the market at the moment is Western Digital's VelociRaptor 3.5" 300GB hard disk drive and according to other hardware website that tested it, it has an average read speed of 100MB/s. Current SSD's on the market and ones tested by us see average read speeds of around 130MB/s at best. If Samsung's claims are true, its upcoming SSD drives will smash everything else that is out on the market at the moment.
There were no details released on pricing but current 256GB SSD drives can exceed $5000 where as a 300GB WD Raptor drive will set you back about $300.
According to a report written by the Taiwanese Digitimes website, Intel is planning to bundle Solid State Drives as part of its Centrino 2 mobile platform by the end of the end of September this year.
Intel has supposedly named the product line "Intel High Performance SSD" and should target enterprise, mid-range and high-end notebook products.
If the report is accurate, there will be two versions - Client X25-M and Client X18-M. X25 will have a physical size of 2.5-inch and X18 a physical size of 1.8-inch with both being 80GB SATA.
The report goes on to say that Intel will release a 160GB SSD by the end of 2008 followed up with 250GB and above in 2009. These seems like very bold claims since currently a 64GB SATA SSD drive will set you back over $1000 USD.
It will be interesting to see if Intel can make this happen and what tricks they have under their hat to reduce costs in SSD technology.
Solid Stage Storage technology is inevitably the way of the future; the technology itself has somewhat matured now, certainly enough for it to be an attractive alternative at both the enterprise and consumer level. There's just two things however that still need to be delt with; the first being capacity limitations, and the second and foremost being the pricing as they are still out of reach for most to consider.
Super Talent are doing their bit to help drive pricing down in the SSD market; they've just launched a new line of "MasterDrive" 2.5" solid state drives comprising the MX 30GB, 60GB and 120GB models. These are some of the most aggressively priced SSDs seen to date with the respective models coming in at RRPs of $299, $449, and $649.
The drives themselves use a SATA-II interface and make use of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory; for this reason, their write speeds are nothing to write home about, but read speeds for entry level SSDs are quite respectable at around 120MB/sec.
For more information on the MasterDrive MX series (and higher spec'd/priced DX series which utilize SLC NAND flash), you can find Super Talent's official PR here.
San Jose, California - May 6, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new line of MasterDrive solid state drives (SSDs) that are 100% interchangeable with hard disk drives (HDDs), but are faster, lighter, use less power and are far more rugged and reliable.
MasterDrive SSDs use NAND Flash rather than magnetic platters as the storage medium, giving them many advantages over HDDs. These drives have no moving parts, and therefore are completely silent, lighter weight and more reliable than HDDs. Moreover, they consume a fraction of the power of HDDs, meaning they produce less heat and offer longer battery life in mobile computing.
Getting in on solid state storage is still very much a costly affair, but there's more than one way to skin a cat.
The lads over at Engadget have spotted a Compact Flash to SATA adapter which allows the use of not one, not two, but three CompactFlash cards in tandem to be accessed using the SATA interface.
What's this mean? A much more cost effective solution, 'tis what! - The adapter is said to come in at around $190; add three 32GB CompactFlash cards and you've got 96GB of SSD goodness at a fraction of the cost of an actual (and smaller) 64GB SSD.
Hitachi has just broken new ground in the storage market with the introduction of their Enterprise-Class Ultrastar 15K450 HDD; the world's largest Enterprise-Class drive released to date.
The Ultrastar 15K450 boasts 450GB capacity with 16MB cache, operating at 15,000RPM spindle speed on four 112.5GB platters. Hitachi claim an average seek time of 3.6ms, and average latency of 2ms.
The drive will ship with either Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Fibre Channel (FC) interfaces.
You can find further information on the drive within the official announcement on Hitachi's website.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - Assuming the reins as the enterprise hard drive performance and capacity leader, Hitachi today announced the Ultrastar™15K450. The new drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to deliver 450GB of storage, currently the highest available capacity in 15,000 RPM enterprise-class hard drives. The Ultrastar 15K450 is an ideal solution for mission-critical server and storage applications, such as online transaction processing, intensive database queries and other multi-user applications.
Sharkoon has updated its SATA QuickPort PRO external hard drive caddie. Its original model was made famous due to its stylish and ease of use as well as affordable price. It will allow you to quickly make use of old 2.5" and 3.5" hard disk drives that you have laying around the house or office.
The updated SATA QuickPort PRO includes a front mounted 2-port USB hub and a SD/SDHC/MMC/MS memory card reader. The new model also adds in eSATA connectivity for faster transfer speeds.
Keep in mind if you wish to make use of the front mounted USB ports and card reader slots; you will still need to use the included USB cable.
It should be available for sale around Europe now for $37 Euros. We look forward to getting one in for review shortly as this thing looks pretty damn good to us.
One of the more interesting products to show up at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai this week is clear sign that Intel are shooting for a big piece of the solid-state storage market with some pre-production SSD drives demonstrated.
A fellow by the name of Knut Grimsrud who leads an R&D group responsible for the development of innovative mainstream storage solutions has had some playtime with these upcoming drives in current form, and has kindly shared his thoughts about them with everyone at a blog page here.
It is inevitable that SSD is the way of the future, and with big guns like Intel jumping aboard the SSD bandwagon to drive prices down, this will allow solid state technology to drop within reach for most of us as they become more embedded in the mainstream market as a more future-proof alternative to the now aging mechanical storage mediums we've been used to seeing for decades.
Bring 'em on Intel - The sooner they arrive, the better!
SSDs are based on flash memory chip technology and have no moving parts. Hard-disk drives, in contrast, use read-write heads that hover over spinning platters to access and record data. With no moving parts, SSDs avoid both the risk of mechanical failure and the mechanical delays of HDDs. Therefore, SSDs are generally faster and more reliable. The catch is the cost: SSDs are currently much more expensive than HDDs. Intel is expected to make an announcement during the second quarter.
"I played the part of Guinea Pig and had one of our pre-production solid state drives installed in my IT laptop...I was unprepared for the powerful instant high it gave my system," he wrote in a blog. There was a "dramatic difference in how my system responded," he said.
The folks over at Super Talent sent us a press release earlier stating that they have started shipping what they are calling the world's thinnest 256GB solid state drive.
FSD56GC25H is bound to be a mighty expensive beast offering good performance but sadly it is only using SATA I technology whereas many are companies are preparing SATA II models right now. Even still, it supports 0.1ms access times, a maximum of 65MB/sec sequential read speed and 50MB/sec sequential write speed. It also supports up to 1600G of shock and 16G of vibration, which is said to be about five times greater than typical hard disk drives.
San Jose, California - March 26, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched the world's slimmest 256GB solid state drive (SSD).
The FSD56GC25H uses an industry standard 2.5-inch hard drive form factor and uses an industry standard SATA-I interface, making it 100% interchangeable with conventional 2.5-inch SATA hard drives. This SSD implements Super Talent's patented stacking technology to pack an enormous amount of solid state storage into an exceptionally small and slim case, measuring a mere 12.5mm thick - 40% thinner than any other 256GB SSD available. The signature black case is made from a durable lightweight aluminum alloy.
If you want to know all of the finer details, head on over and look at the product spec PDF right here.
OCZ has had its SATA I 64GB solid state drive on the market for some time now but just today they have introduced their High-Speed SATA II solid state drive.
It comes in 32GB and 64GB models and claims read speeds of 120MB/s and write speeds of 100MB/s, which is a huge improvement over the previous generation drive, which offered 58MB/s reads and 35MB/s writes.
"Sunnyvale, CA-March 12, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled ultra-fast OCZ SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives, a lightweight and efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives. The OCZ SATA II drive is designed to stay abreast of the performance features of high-end notebooks, and is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing. With blazing access times combined with excellent reliability, the OCZ SATA II 2.5" SSD is the answer for enthusiasts demanding the most advanced storage for their notebooks and systems.
"There are many benefits of solid state drive technology over traditional disk drives including superior speed, reliability, and power savings," commented Alex Mei, Executive VP and CMO, OCZ Technology Group. "Our newest SATA II drives are designed to further extend the advantages of this technology offering enhanced performance for high-end mobile solutions."
We will have a drive in soon for testing but for now check out the product page for more details.
CeBIT in Germany has now closed its doors for another year but news from the largest tech trade show in the world is still trickling out.
ADATA were showing off a range of upcoming solid state drives at its booth which some rather impressive speed claims. The Taiwanese company plans its S25H 128GB 2.5" SATA 2.0 drive with some sort of internal RAID system which is capable 190MB/s read and 110MB/s write speeds.
I'll take two of these in RAID 0 for my personal system master drive!
ADATA was also showing off its smaller 1.8" M18S drive using 64GB of MLC - it is also said to be capable of the same speeds as the 2.5" model. There was also on a 1.8" PATA version on display with a total of 32GB of space.
Storage specialist Thecus have just issued out two seperate PRs, the first of which introduces their new N3200M which is a complete media and storage solution for home theatre setups.
Thecus claim that the N3200M is currently the only 3-bay NAS device available which offers video and audio sharing functionalities for output to a TV in a resolution of up to 1080p.
Full details on the N3200M can be found within the press release here.
Leading storage solution manufacturer Thecus Technology innovates again! This time, Thecus has worked closely with AMD and now introduces the all-new N3200M. Coming this spring, the N3200M features AMD technology and delivers a complete media and storage solution perfect for the home.
Based on the AMD Geode™ processor, the N3200M's design concept is centered on the home theater. Users can use the N3200M to centrally store, manage, easily access, and enjoy their movie and music files. The whole family can view their favorite blockbuster hits and listen to their favorite tunes without the hassle of having to locate files saved in different locations or multiple machines throughout the house.
Next up is a press release supporting their new i5500 Series iSCSI RAID Device. Running Intel's Xscale IOP80331 CPU and 512MB of DDR memory, the i5500 promises to deliver performance twice that of Thecus' previous flagship NAS, the N5200PRO.
You can get a full rundown of its feature-set within the announcement here.
In 2007 Thecus released its flagship N5200 PRO NAS storage device. Aimed at SMBs, the N5200 PRO offered incredible performance and a feature set that was never before seen on such a compact unit. This year, Thecus is poised to raise the bar yet again with its most powerful storage device yet - the i5500. Delivering unprecedented iSCSI performance, uninterrupted data capacity expansion, and air-tight security in a cost effective package, the i5500 offers an unbeatable value proposition for enterprises looking to store and secure mission-critical data.