OCZ is about to change that.
The company is announcing a new partnership with Symwave, a silicon supplier for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices, and the first prototype isn't what you'd expect. OCZ has created a large, flat, external Solid State Drive with a USB 3.0 slot. It will connect through a cable to computers with a USB 3.0 interface.
SSDs have hit a wall, as they are currently limited by the SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. This has led several SSD manufacturers to focus on PCIe-based SSDs to boost performance.
“Thanks to Symwave’s industry leading USB 3.0 storage controller, our external SSD device delivers 10x the transfer rate of USB 2.0 at 5Gb/s, as well as several ‘green’ improvements including superior power management and lower CPU utilization,” said Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “We are determined to be at the forefront of the market by offering products with unparalleled performance, reliability, and design to unleash the potential of flash-based storage."
This is likely to be just the first of several new products that will be announced by OCZ using the USB 3.0 interface. Super Talent previously announced a very fast USB 3.0 flash drive in a more traditional form factor.
“OCZ’s products are synonymous with high performance. Combining our USB 3.0 controller with their SSD technology, both architected for performance without compromise, is a perfect match,” said John O’Neill, Vice President of Marketing at Symwave. “CES will be a showcase for new and innovative products that provide consumers with a dramatically improved user experience. Symwave is committed to delivering silicon and software solutions that will transform the way consumers view and use USB storage devices.”
quote: Commercially sold drives are mostly just recentlly cresting to the 250megabyte limit of sata revision2.
quote: If the single interface capacity was the limit we would see all newer drives produced with multiple sata interface ports and the drive required to operate on a raid controller
quote: The reality is while it might hold them back in a lab, commercially available products right now are not truly suffering. 6gb sata is arriving at the perfect time.
quote: Another wall is their pricing. I can get a 1.5TB drive for $89 right now. Why would I waste money on a SSD?
quote: Speeds on the other hand can continue to increase, but they are currently hitting a wall and need to find ways around it.
quote: Using the latest build of Iometer I ran a 3 minute long 2MB sequential write test over the entire span of the drive.