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Plextor expands portfolio of SSDs for enterprise, and mobile products

Plextor expands portfolio of SSDs for enterprise, and mobile products.

@ChrisRamseyer
Published Fri, Jan 10 2014 11:14 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

CES 2014 - We visited Plextor's CES showroom yesterday and found a broad range of new products that span several markets. Over the years, Plextor's image changed from optical products to consumer SSDs and now the company looks to just make it all SSDs.

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First up is the new M6e, a PCIe 2.0 m.2 SSD that uses two lanes to outperform SATA based storage products. The M6e drives we saw at the booth include an adapter for desktop use. This makes the M6e the ultimate performance SSD since end users keep TRIM and avoid the hassles of RAID.

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Moving closer to the mainstream consumer level, the M.2 form factor could dominate the notebook market with both SATA and PCIe based drives. M.2 products will cost less to manufacture when the economics of scale catch up.

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On the industrial side, Plextor makes custom SSDs for customers who need Opal encryption or overprovisioning not offered from Plextor's off-the-shelf products.

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Finally we have a few enterprise offerings from the LiteON division. On the left is an enterprise model that scales to 960GB while focusing on low latency. The SSD on the right is interesting to NAS and SAN users because it's built to cache enterprise workloads. This is a market I predict will grow over the coming years with the increase of NAS purchases. NAS manufactures already ship products that use SSDs to cache data and the technology is starting trickle down to lower cost models like the QNAP TS-470 Pro.

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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