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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 KnickKnack on 9/4/2007 6:19:47 AM , Rating: 2
God knows I'm not a big techie so I don't understand the actual process of producing SSD's, but why couldn't they stick 2 or more of them together, similar to what is happening with the CPU multi-core design and produce a multi-drive SSD, which would increase the size of the drives and also greatly increase the speed. I'm not talking about Raid, which treats the drives as seperate entities, but a single case with multiple drives inside and a single SATA connection. They would need some kind of bridge to stream the data to and from the different drives but in my greatly simplified outline for such a device, it would give us the instant performance boost that would make these devices very attractive to consumers




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