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Not your typical flash drive

When most people think of USB flash drives, the image that comes to mind is a small, compact device with a USB connector sticking out.

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.”



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RE: Hit a wall?
By Lonyo on 11/24/2009 12:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
Pricing will come down over time "naturally", but you can't really do much to accelerate the drops.
Speeds on the other hand can continue to increase, but they are currently hitting a wall and need to find ways around it.

The only way around the pricing "wall" is to reduce the price of flash, which can't really happen any way other than the way it always has.


RE: Hit a wall?
By Reclaimer77 on 11/24/2009 1:05:02 PM , Rating: 2
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Speeds on the other hand can continue to increase, but they are currently hitting a wall and need to find ways around it.


Last I checked the benchmarks, SSD's are already blowing away Raptors in random reads/writes. And some SSD's are up there in sequential writes, which isn't really a big deal performance wise anyway.

I think what SSD's really need is an entirely optimized file system specifically written to take advantage of them. NTFS is optimized for hard drives with things like TRIM working as a bandaid workaround. It works quite well, but not as good as it could.


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