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Mushkin shows off three new SSD products at CES

Mushkin is best known for its memory products, but the company also produces SSD products for businesses and end-users. The company was showing off three new SSD products that will launch within the coming months (all of which use the Sandforce SF-2281 controller).
The first is the Chronos GO 1.8" SSD that is available in Standard and Deluxe versions. Both versions offer sequential read speeds of 560MB/s, sequential write speeds of 525MB/sec and has random write IOPS of up to 90K. The Chronos GO will be available during the first quarter of this year in capacities up to 480GB.

Chronos GO
Next up is the Atlas mSATA SSD, also available in Standard and Deluxe versions. Reads, writes, and IOPS carry over from the Chronos unchanged. However, the Deluxe model see its sequential write speeds bumped up to 535MB/s. The Atlas will also be available in Q1 in capacities up to 240GB.


The most interesting of the trio, however, is the Scorpion PCIe card. The Scorpion features a modular design that allows you to plug in up to four SSDs. The representatives for Mushkin say this will allow them to offer the card with, take for example, two bays filled at a lower price point. If a customer later wants to spend the extra cash to load the Scorpion with additional SSD capacity, they can purchase more modules and install them directly.
The Scorpion supports multiple RAID configurations including RAID 0/1/5/10/0+1/1+0. When it comes to performance, sequential writes are pegged at 1275MB/s while sequential writes clock in at 1500MB/s. Random write IOPS are listed at 120K. The Scorpion will launch sometime in the first half of this year.


Source: Mushkin

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Yeah for Centennial, CO!
By kmmatney on 1/10/2012 9:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
I work a few blocks from Mushkin here in Centennial, Colorado. They seem to have very good quality control on their products, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy an SSD from them.

RE: Yeah for Centennial, CO!
By Ringold on 1/10/2012 10:09:14 PM , Rating: 3
Being a rare heavily US based tech firm, it inclines me to be a supporter too. Just don't hear much about them.

RE: Yeah for Centennial, CO!
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2012 10:25:23 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm this controller is Sandforce, made in China. And the NAND Flash from Toshiba.

I guess maybe the box and bubble wrap was made in America :P

But that's one of the great things about SSD's. You don't need trillions of dollars worth of machinery like you would making hard drives. You can use common components from China/Japan, solder them to the board, and viola! You're an SSD manufacturer!

RE: Yeah for Centennial, CO!
By Ringold on 1/11/2012 9:18:10 AM , Rating: 2
It was either Anandtech or [H] that had a video tour of Mushkin's Colorado facility, I was under the impression they made their own memory, guess not though.

Checking wiki, about the CO facility:

Prompting the move to the new facility was the need for more space and a building more suited to accommodate the nature of Mushkin's business which includes light manufacturing, assembly, R&D and component testing.

So, repackaging, testing, and R&D. Better than nothing? :P

RE: Yeah for Centennial, CO!
By Reclaimer77 on 1/11/2012 3:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
I was under the impression they made their own memory, guess not though.

Maybe they do. But for this particular product, the NAND is from Toshiba.

And hey, I'm not knocking them at all by the way.

what controllers?
By Visual on 1/11/2012 5:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
Well, all I care about is, what controllers do they use?

RE: what controllers?
By Motoman on 1/11/2012 11:30:42 AM , Rating: 2
Small, square, black ones.

By mchentz on 1/10/2012 7:09:00 PM , Rating: 2
I almost exclusively use Mushkin (Tried some OCZ)these will be a can do for me :)

More of the same
By vol7ron on 1/11/2012 12:35:34 AM , Rating: 2
At this point, I'd like these SSD announcements to be about prices falling. Sure speed/reliability improvement is great, but I'd like to see 240GB SSDs go for $150. Most are currently in the $300-400 range. 240GB SSD should be the common laptop default config.

By bug77 on 1/11/2012 5:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
It's four standard, Sandforce-based, SSDs, plus two others nobody will afford. Which exactly is the blazing part?

By theangryintern on 1/11/2012 3:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
"sequential writes are pegged at 1275MB/s while sequential writes clock in at 1500MB/s."

Shouldn't one of those be sequential reads? (i'm guessing the higher number)

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