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Super Talent RAIDDrive  (Source: Super Talent)
New SSD comes in three models for enterprise, workstation and gamers

Super Talent has announced its latest SSD development with a new patented product called RAIDDrive. RAIDDrive promises to increase the performance and slot capacity of PCI Express based storage solutions with up to 2TB of MLC or SLC NAND flash memory inside.

Super Talent says that the RAIDDrive is the markets largest server-based SSD solution and is an extension of its RAIDSSD product line. The RAIDDrive has a "turbocharged" DRAM cache and the RAIDDrive ES model for enterprise servers has a full battery backup for protection of data in a power loss situation. The RAIDDrive comes in three models, including the ES version and a WS version for workstations along with a GS version for gamers.

All of the drives connect to a PC with a PCIe 2.0 x8 interface and promise to deliver read speeds of up to 1.2GB/s with sequential wire speeds of up to 1.3GB/s. Super Talent says that it will reveal more performance details in June when the drives are officially available.

The maker also says that an optional feature of the series will allow the drives to be configured with internal RAID5 capability for extra data protection. The RAIDDrive ES is aimed at enterprise servers performing intensive applications like database transaction processing, business intelligence and virtualization. The WS model is aimed at workstation use for tasks including animation, video editing, oil/gas exploration, and CAD. The GS version is for gamers looking for a faster IO subsystem.

Super Talent COO, CH Lee said in a statement, "We are proud of the innovative intellectual property that our outstanding engineering team has developed. The RAIDDrive is just the latest in a series of patented products which enable us to provide differentiated products to our customers."

The product is similar to the PCIe SSD DailyTech covered in 2007 from ioDATA.



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I think you've been duped..
By LuxZg on 4/1/2009 11:52:31 AM , Rating: -1
SuperTalent announcing something like this on April 1st? Come on, get real ;)

Things that ae "kinda wrong":
- 2TB od MLC or SLC -> if you use SLC capacity would be lower, and announcement would point that out (like 2TB for MLC and 1.5TB for SLC; plus SLC would be faster)
- batteries for Flash storage? OK, so it has DRAM cache, but you don't power cache. If rest of computer died in the middle of copy procedure, you would still be left with just a part of file in cache, so it's worthless.. batteries were used for DRAM storage (which used ordinary SDRAM mostly) and needed batteries to keep the data going
- uses PCIe 2.0 and still using x8 slot; others produce similar stuff but noone gives it that much bandwith, so I doubt they would either
- 3 families of same product.. including Gamers? I would say - FALSE! Noone makes 2TB RAID Flash SSD for GAMERs; those few that would buy it will just get enterprise version anyway
- what kind of official announcement uses this kind of wording: "RAIDed SSDs" .. RAIDed?
- "other RAIDSSD product lines"?? They aren't branded RAIDSSD :)
- they mentioned a few of their brands but not UltraSSD?

I could be wrong, but smells funny :)
and besides.. after reading dozens of fake articles, I'm maybe getting paranoid :D




RE: I think you've been duped..
By therealnickdanger on 4/1/2009 12:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
OCZ announced their Z-Drive about a month ago, so this is just SuperTalent's response. This is just the beginning of many such PCIe drives to hit the market. SATA-3Gbps and even the yet unreleased SATA-6Gbps is too slow for the amount of R/W that these drives need.

If pricing is competetive with OCZ's model, you can expect pricing around $2,000.


By therealnickdanger on 4/1/2009 12:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of which, why no love for the OCZ product in the article?


By someguy123 on 4/1/2009 5:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
actually, i believe info on this drive's existence was leaked to other sites a few weeks ago (if not longer).

also I highly doubt a company would post an april fools press release, especially one that looks legitimate.


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