Micron Ships 6Gbps SATA SSDs; Seagate Partners with Samsung
Micron has introduced enterprise-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives with 6Gbps SATA interfaces, while Seagate and Samsung have partnered to jointly develop and cross-license new enterprise-class SSD controller technology, according to this report from sister site InfoStor.
Micron today introduced enterprise-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives with 6Gbps SATA interfaces. Most competing SATA SSDs are based on 3Gbps SATA.
Micron's primary competitors are Samsung, STEC and Intel. (Micron partners with Intel at the NAND wafer level, but competes with Intel at the drive/controller level.)
Micron's RealSSD P300 SSDs use single-level cell (SLC) NAND technology and the company's ONFI 2.1 34-nanometer process technology. The 2.5-inch drives are available in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB capacities.
The company claims "empty-drive" read performance of 360MBps and write performance of 275MBps, according to Kevin Dibelius, Micron's enterprise SSD senior product marketing manager. In "steady state" operation, read throughput is still 360MBps while write performance degrades slightly to 255MBps.
In other SSD-related news today, Seagate and Samsung announced an agreement to jointly develop and cross-license enterprise-class SSD controller technology. The deal appears to focus on Samsung's 30-nanometer multi-level cell (MLC) NAND technology. Neither company provided estimates for delivery of the jointly-developed controllers.
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