Super Talent preps super-fast PCIe flash drives


— 10:15 AM on April 1, 2009

Looks like Fusion-io won't be the only one with mind-blowingly fast PCI Express solid-state drives anymore soon. Super Talent has announced the RAIDDrive, a similar solution that plugs into a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot and can purportedly reach sequential speeds of up to 1.2GB/s for reads and up to 1.3GB/s for writes.

Super Talent says it will reveal more performance detail about the RAIDDrive line in June, so the product isn't launching just yet. Nevertheless, the firm has three different flavors, with different target buyers, in store:

  • RAIDDrive ES - Enterprise Servers performing compute intensive applications such as database transaction processing, business intelligence, and virtualization.
  • RAIDDrive WS - Workstation users performing tasks including animation, video editing, oil and gas exploration, CAD/EDA simulation, and scientific computing,
  • RAIDDrive GS - Gamers looking to supercharge their IO Subsystem
  • The drives can pack up to 2TB of flash storage capacity using either multi-level-cell or single-level-cell flash memories. SLC flash is more expensive but more durable, and it's typically found in enterprise-class SSDs like Intel's X25-E Extreme.

    Speaking of enterprise-class products, Super Talent says the RAIDDrive ES has a battery backup feature to keep data safe in case of a power loss. The company also notes that RAIDDrives can be configured with an "internal RAID5 capability."

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