OCZ has finally revealed more details about solid-state drives based on the Indilinx Everest controller it revealed this summer. The controller is an eight-channel design that supports 16-way interleaving. OCZ claims the chip has the lowest latency in the industry and offers "fast boot technology" that cuts boot times in half versus its contemporary competition.
Interestingly, the briefing slides posted at AnandTech take a passing shot at the write compression technology inherent to SandForce drives by boasting, "No data compression-related limitations; this is in contrast to competing offerings." There's also mention of an nDurance technology that supposedly increases NAND endurance by up to a factor of two. nDurance isn't explained in much detail, but it doesn't look like data compression is involved.
According to the press release, two flavors of Octane SSDs will be available starting November 1. The standard Octane line will have a 6Gbps SATA interface and sustained read and write speeds as high as 560 and 400MB/s, respectively. For folks with older systems, the Octane-S2 comes with a 3Gbps interface and maximum speed ratings of 275MB/s for reads and 265MB/s for writes. The standard Octane will use 2x-nm synchronous flash memory, while its S2 counterpart is decked out with cheaper asynchronous NAND. Both models will be available in capacities as high as 1TB.
They'll apparently be pretty affordable, too. Although specific prices aren't mentioned, the slides list a target cost-per-gigabyte range of $1.10-1.30. Our storage test rigs are itching to put the Octane through its paces, and we should have our hands on the new SSDs soon. Stay tuned.
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