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The company looks to put its SSD products into new markets

Super Talent Technology previously shipped the first 512GB SSD for consumers, and introduced its RAIDDrive SSD using a PCI-Express interface for faster throughput.

The company is now introducing its PCIe RAIDDrive Workstation, which will use Intel’s Core i7 processors with Super Talent’s own 1333MHz DDR3 DIMMs. These RAIDDrive Workstations will also use up to three 2TB RAIDDrive SSDs, giving a maximum capacity of 6TB. The firm will work with its customers to custom design these systems, which come in a Workstation Tower form factor.

Super Talent used Crystal Disk Mark v2.2 for benchmarking, which showed sustained sequential read speed of over 1.5 GB/sec, sequential write speed of nearly 1.35 GB/sec.  Their benchmarking data taken with HDBench showed random read speed of 725 MB/sec and random write speed of 515 MB/sec.

Interestingly, the company is also introducing some SSDs with an IDE connector instead of the newer SATA connectors that are now the standard.

“Many embedded and ruggedized portable PC customers still need IDE drives, and the MasterDrive EX2 and IX2 series give them the performance they deserve in a rugged and reliable device.” said Jeremy Werner, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Super Talent.

The MasterDrive EX2 is available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. It features sequential read speeds of up to 80 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 40MB/s. It uses MLC flash, and comes with a 2 year factory warranty.

The MasterDrive IX2 is available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB, It has maximum sequential read speeds of 80 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 60MB/s. It uses SLC flash and comes with a 3 year factory warranty, 50% more than most SSD warranties.

Super Talent will showcase these products at the 2009 Computex Taipei show from June 2-6, 2009. They have booked Booth J610 on the first floor of the Nangang Exhibition Hall.



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By hackedtwice on 5/28/2009 12:02:49 PM , Rating: 3
I understand that during the economic downturn folks don't have the extra cash to buy a new computer, but it seems buying an SSD to put in your old computer with and IDE connection is a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face. I can't afford a new computer with SATA.. so I'll buy a $300+ hard drive to speed up my old pentium-m.. Right.




By jaericho on 5/28/2009 12:06:44 PM , Rating: 4
PATA maxed out at 133MB/s, but I believe that was shared across all interfaces.


By bhieb on 5/28/2009 12:20:19 PM , Rating: 3
Why $300? Just picked up a 30G Vertex for $99. Now I have several Dell D500 series laptops that are no where near cpu or memory bound that would be quite peppy with this drive. Plus it is one of those things that can be reused if you get new machine later.

There are justifications for it.


By MrPickins on 5/28/2009 12:42:47 PM , Rating: 5
This isn't aimed at consumer upgrades. Many embedded systems use IDE drives, CNC milling machines for example.

This is a great place for vibration-proof drives like SSDs.


By greylica on 5/28/2009 12:45:25 PM , Rating: 1
Most laptops in the earlier generation, ( using P4 systems ) will need Ide replacement drives someday, it will help to avoid e-waste and probably a great money waste for the owners of these machines...


By twhittet on 5/29/2009 10:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
I have around 20 industrial machines running RAID 1 that could really use IDE SSD drives. They run in a very hot environment, and I consistently have a drive drop out every 3-4 months.


By invidious on 5/28/2009 2:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Interestingly, the company is also introducing some SSDs with an IDE connector instead of the newer SATA connectors that are now the standard.


The SSDs featuring an IDE port has nothing to do with the PCIe RAID workstation, and there is no reason to believe it would cost $300.

The controller would be a part of the hard drive just like any other hard drive. This is not new tech, this is applying reverse capatability for new products to work on older workstations. There is no reason to believe that an IDE SDD would cost any more than a SATA SSD, which can be as cheap as $75 for 32gb.


By mindless1 on 5/28/2009 5:29:47 PM , Rating: 3
Actually for many common tasks on a laptop you would have higher performance buying a new SSD for it than spending more than $300 for a new laptop with a base model 5400 RPM mechanical drive. Surfing, email, office, using the aging software that came on older PCs you find that the HDD is by far the largest bottleneck, machines like that aren't used for linear 100% load encoding or gaming, etc.

I happen to have an old Pentium M laptop here, I'd expect in general use it would feel much snappier with a $300 SSD than buying a $700 laptop with higher spec CPU and memory but much slower mechanical drive.

Then there's what someone else already mentioned, it's not just the performance factor it is durability, maybe the system doesn't need high performance but it needs to keep running and the data is valuable. Come to think of it, that could be said about most systems owned by someone over about 20 years old, let alone businesses that could incur hundreds if not thousands in addt'l expenses to replace certain equipment or suffer drive failure related downtime, versus the half hour or less it might take after hours, a scheduled maintenance, to image a HDD to a SSD and reboot.

Lastly, remember that flash density has historically risen and should in the future. What if the capacity SSD needed almost drops in price by half, then does it again? That's what we've seen for other products using a lot of flash memory.

The groundwork done today could result in a $75 drive instead of $300. Suppose someone took their PC to a shop or called Geek squad to have it fixed when a drive fails, that they did this because they hoped the data could be salvaged and are then stuck with at least a bench fee already. To them, given a $75 SSD, the total bill could be $275 vs $250.

Would you pay $25 for a SSD that's much faster and more reliable than the low-end mechanical drive alternative if you didn't need hundreds of GB of storage space, keeping in mind the original drive wasn't hundreds of GB so if it weren't high enough capacity it would've been replaced already.


By CZroe on 5/29/2009 3:37:55 AM , Rating: 2
Many netbooks still have IDE SSDs, including the 8 & 16GB Acer Aspire One. Of course, it's not a 40-pin connector or IDC cable (ZIF/LIF).


By swampjelly on 6/1/2009 1:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Sony Vaio laptop I purchased in 2005 that has a beautiful 15.4" display. I use the laptop to run my concert lighting rig. I couldn't be happier with the purchase.

However I am scared the hard drive will die any month now since it is over 4 years old.

Being able to replace the drive with an IDE SSD drive will be great!


IDE
By bhieb on 5/28/2009 12:17:45 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Interestingly, the company is also introducing some SSDs with an IDE connector instead of the newer SATA connectors that are now the standard.


Actually makes sense. I was going to upgrade a sluggish laptop that was IDE, but found much fewer options. Think about it most older laptops (think pre Core series) still are no where close to cpu bound a SSD would revitalize them into a much snappier machine. So I do see a limited market for it.




RE: IDE
By NARC4457 on 5/28/2009 12:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
Same exact thing for me. I've got a very serviceable 17" laptop that is about 3 years old that I think would get a great boost from having an SSD. But I was looking into it and only finding SATA versions.

My only option is an IDE drive, so this fits me perfectly.


RE: IDE
By mindless1 on 5/28/2009 5:32:58 PM , Rating: 2
Some IDE-SATA bridge boards are fairly small, it may be possible to get a 1.8" SSD to fit in a 2.5" drive cavity, and it could cost less as the bridges are often under $25 while flash drive prices vary more widely. At 3 years old it might also have a mini PCIe slot, SSD in that format are bound to get faster before long.


RE: IDE
By BZDTemp on 5/29/2009 7:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
Me 2.

I'm thinking it could be the perfect thing for my Mac Mini (Generation 1 the G4 based) as it could do with some pep but is otherwise great for mail+surf and a little word/excel work.


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