Fixstars crams 6TB into a 2.5" SSD

— 9:51 AM on May 7, 2015

It's common to see six-terabyte capacities in the world of mechanical hard drives, but solid-state storage usually tops out at far lower figures. Fixstars' latest SSD, the SSD-6000M, is different. This 2.5" drive packs 6TB of flash into an case that's only 9.5-mm thick. Fixstars claims this is the world's highest-capacity 2.5" SSD, and it looks like that's indeed the case for now.

The SSD-6000M uses 15-nm MLC NAND tied to a proprietary controller, a combo rated for 540MB/s sequential reads and 520MB/s sequential writes over a SATA 6Gbps interface. Surprisingly, Fixstars doesn't disclose the drive's random read and write performance. Instead, the company touts stable sequential access as this drive's forte, a trait that's not uncommon in other SSDs.

Fixstars' press release says the SSD-6000M is available for order today. Shipments will begin in late July, but don't expect to see this drive on Newegg. Prospective buyers are asked to contact Fixstars to make a purchase, and the company's client list includes big names like Boeing and the Argonne National Laboratory. Pricing probably falls into the "if you have to ask..." category.

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