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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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RE: Patented?
By DeepBlue1975 on 4/1/2009 4:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
Caching scsi controllers have been on the markets for quite a long time.

But a caching controller that includes the drive in it, is a rare thing.

And a caching controller that includes multiple raided drives in it, is even rarer.

Ground braking? Not at all. Nothing really new here.

But the integration of several drives in a RAID configuration, combined with a self contained caching controller that exposes itself as a storage medium while leaving all of your available storage ports free and only using up a PCIe slot which, except for GPUs, are seldom used for anything else on desktops, is a nice, kinda innovative idea that hasn't been exploited before.

RE: Patented?
By Devilboy1313 on 4/1/2009 10:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds a bit like the hardcard drives from the 1980s and early 1990s.

Drive + controller + cache + slot = Been done before. RAID is a nice feature though.

RE: Patented?
By DeepBlue1975 on 4/2/2009 4:52:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, but as you said, not a raid of drives in a card :D

It could be said it's a new spin of an old idea.

RE: Patented?
By EricMartello on 4/4/2009 4:40:12 PM , Rating: 2
Since SSD is memory it would make more sense for them to use technologies that improve memory performance rather than trying to make memory emulate outdated physical disk technology. What I'd like to see is a dedicated SSD storage interface on motherboards that is like a dedicated pathway to the CPU, just like DIMM slots are for memory. If they are arranged in banks there is no reason they cannot do multi-channel access (i.e. dual channel) which is basically RAID-0 for your memory.

RE: Patented?
By DeepBlue1975 on 4/6/2009 7:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
Just hold your horses and with the years something like that should and maybe will happen.

Every long walk starts with the very first step, which is where we are at about storage.
Before flash drives can have a better interface, they have to drop in price to a point in which most of the people will start thinking about ditching these horrible mechanical hdds and start using SSDs.

Once conventional HDDs go the way of the dodo, SSDs can start making more radical changes and experiment with new, more appropriate, speedier, and fancier interfaces.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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