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Mtron MSD, MSD PRO and MSD XTM SSD family  (Source: Mtron)
Mtron steam rolls past SanDisk and Samsung in SSD performance

Solid-state disks (SSDs) are still a long way from entering the regular mainstream market, but that isn't stopping companies from releasing larger and faster products on a continual basis.

SanDisk and Samsung are currently sitting at 64GB with their SSDs. SanDisk's offering features read speeds of 67MB/sec (write speeds are unknown) while Samsung quotes 65MB/sec reads and 45MB/sec writes. Adtron's 160GB SSD trumps both with a maximum read speed of 70MB/sec and maximum write speed of 55MB/sec.

Mtron is leaving all three manufacturers in the dust with its new range of SSDs. The South Korean manufacturer boasts that its new 2.5" and 3.5" drives feature read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec.

According to Mtron, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB drives will be available in September. During the fourth quarter, the company is expected to launch a 128GB SSD in a 1.8" form factor.

Mtron has not released pricing for the drives, but expect to pay a pretty penny considering the read/write speeds of the memory chips being used. For those looking for a more cost-effective solution, there's always SanDisk's new uSSD 5000 lineup.

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By daftrok on 9/3/2007 10:13:51 PM , Rating: 1
We need the competition so that us consumers can benefit. Lets hope they make it the same price (or even cheaper) than the other companies' cards.

By fc1204 on 9/4/2007 12:01:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think the Mtron should be priced similar to the Adtron at the $/GB basis, which means no one person should buy it as is, but most enterprise and industrial/military procurement managers are firing up their qual teams.

Unless Mtron has changed their solution in the last 3 months, they are still using a Xilinx Spartan FPGA as its interface controller. This means SanDisk and Samsung are unaffected as their solutions do not have that huge cost tag as part of their BOM.

Funny though, no one has taken a look inside these SSD's in rip apart/tear-down reviews like most review sites did for the iPhone. I mean it's only $600-3000... and the SSD will still work as long as you don't remove anything from the actual PCB.

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