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Super Talent's logo. Click here to visit the Super Talent website! SuperTalent PCIe SSDs near ship date
(Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 19:36 EDT)

San Jose-based Super Talent Technology Corp. has announced that it will soon beging shipping its PCI Express solid-state disks - an insanely fast (if semi-insanely pricey) hard drive alternative.

Is your Photoshop swap drive short on space or feeling a little sluggish? How about a drive with multiple terabytes of space, offering read/write speeds measured in the gigabytes per second? Solid State Disks (SSDs) have long been significantly faster than disk drives, and are steadily gaining in capacity.

Super Talent's latest product line kicks things up another notch, with 0.1ms access times, write speeds of 1.2 GB/s, and read speeds reaching 1.4GB/s. If you have deep pockets and need a *really* fast hard drive, the new RAIDDrive product line deserves a look. Capacities for single-level cell NAND-based SSDs range from 256MB to one terabyte, while the company's multi-level cell NAND SSDs are offered in capacities from 256MB to two terabytes.

Super Talent's RAIDDrive line is scheduled to begin shipping from early October. Pricing hasn't been announced at the time of writing.

Original Source Press Release:

Super Talent's Two TeraByte PCIe RAIDDrive SSD to Begin Shipping Early October

New SSD Architecture Breaks Storage Performance Bottleneck with Sequential Transfer Speeds up to 1.4GB/sec

San Jose, California - September 16, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, will start shipping the first PCI Express RAIDDrive™ SSDs in early October.

RAIDDrive is designed to break the throughput bottleneck in the storage subsystem by removing the bandwidth limitation of the SATA bus. The PCIe Gen. 2.0 x8 interface used by RAIDDrive SSDs supports 4GB/sec bandwidth, more than ten times that of the SATA-II 3Gbps bus, and five times greater than the not yet available SATA-III bus.

Using patent pending RAID architecture that is optimized for NAND flash memory, RAIDDrive is able to support sequential read speeds of up to 1.4GB/sec. A turbocharged cache system with up to 1GB of DRAM cache enables sequential write speeds as fast as 1.2GB/sec. RAIDDrive, which houses four discrete SATA SSDs, comes in a custom aluminum enclosure measuring 258 x 112 x 25 mm. Higher capacity RAIDDrive models use the RAIDDrive Expander - a separate PCIe card - to hold a total of eight SATA SSDs.

SuperTalent is releasing three families of RAIDDrives with features optimized for different market segments:

  • RAIDDrive ES - Enterprise Servers performing compute intensive applications such as database transaction processing, business intelligence, and virtualization. RAIDDrive ES can be factory configured as RAID 0 or RAID 5, and fits in a 3U rack mount chassis. A battery backup module for the ES protects data in the event of a power loss. Built using SLC flash for high endurance, RAIDDrive ES is available in capacities up to 1TB.

  • RAIDDrive WS - Workstation users performing tasks including animation, video editing, oil and gas exploration, CAD/EDA simulation, and scientific computing. RAIDDrive WS can be factory configured as RAID 0 or RAID 5. The WS uses SLC flash and is offered in capacities up to 1TB.

  • RAIDDrive GS - Gamers and Enthusiasts looking to supercharge their IO Subsystem. RAIDDrive GS can be factory configured as RAID 0 or RAID 5, uses MLC flash and is available in capacities up to 2TB.

"RAIDDrive SSDs are a quantum leap ahead of existing SSDs in sequential transfer speeds due to our RAID architecture combined with the latest in flash technology and the bandwidth of the PCI Express interface. RAIDDrive shatters previous storage system bottlenecks and sets a new standard in performance." Super Talent COO, CH Lee said in a statement. RAIDDrive SSDs are available to OEMs and system integrators directly from Super Talent. OEM pricing for the 1TB RAIDDrive GS is $4999. RAIDDrive will be running in a live demo system at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, September 22-24 in the Super Talent booth, #419.

Super Talent's PCI Express RAIDDrive SSD. Photo provided by Super Talent Technology Corp.

Super Talent's PCI Express RAIDDrive SSD.
Photo provided by Super Talent Technology Corp.

About Super Talent Technology
Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and Flash based storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of the JEDEC and ONFI standards bodies. With over 250 patents, the company was ranked 38th in the 2008 Wall Street Journal's Patent Scorecard™ for the IT industry.

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