“PCIe cards based on SSD controllers with tons of NAND flash are the next frontier for the technology. Why deal with the current SATA bottlenecks when you can push close to a Gigabyte per second of data over some PCIe lanes?
Performance and power data aside, Gartner expects SSD sales to hit $1 billion in 2010. Like I said, sitting this one out isn’t an option.
Earlier this year Western Digital acquired SiliconSystems for $65 million and rebranded their drives. Western Digital’s true attempt at a competitive SSD won’t come until sometime next year as even the latest WD Silicon Power III isn’t very competitive.
Seagate has been the quiet one, until today that is. Today Seagate is announcing that it is shipping its first SSD to OEMs. The drive is called Pulsar and this is a render of what it looks like (if it appeared in front of a star apparently”
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Kingston SSDNow V+ 64GB Drive @ InsideHW
- Patriot Torqx 128 GB Solid State (SSD) Drive Review @ XtremeComputing
- Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Disk @ Tweaktown
- Western Digital Caviar Black and RE4 2TB Drives Review @ HotHardware
- The State of Solid State Chapter II @ Tweaktown
- Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA 3 6Gbps Review @ OCC
- Seagate light up the Enterprise SSD sky with Pulsar @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Memory LX Series 32GB SDHC Memory Card @ CCER
- Addonics CipherChain Hard Drive Encryption @ Techgage
- LITE-ON BD Combo Drive iHES208 Review @ TechwareLabs
- Kingston Mobile Lite G2 @ Bjorn3D
- Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim 4Gb USB Stick Review @ Madshrimps
- Areca ARC-1680X PCIe Eight-Channel External SATA/SAS RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
- Kingston MobileLite G2 USB Card Reader with 8GB SDHC Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- Seagate FreeAgent Go ST910004FAA2E1-RK @ Benchmark Reviews
- DroboPro Review @ t- break
- QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS @ Techspot
- Verbatim Clon 320GB Hard Drive Enclosure @ Overclockershq
- Patriot Memory NAS GearBox Mini Adapter @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Blacx Duet Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ ThinkComputers
- Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station @ APH Networks
Seagate announced their entrance to the SSD market with their new Pulsar drive. The details are very spotty, we do not know what controller they will be using nor what type of flash memory. We do know what size drives they use and AnandTech has a good guess as to how many channels the controller will have and that the useful lifetime of the drive should be 5 years. You can find the details, at least those that are known, here in the full article.