Friday, November 20th 2009

OCZ Preparing USB 3.0 External SSD

OCZ Technology has perhaps the most diverse solid-state drive portfolio, which includes 1.8" and 2.5" internal SATA 3 Gb/s SSDs - with SLC, and MLC NAND flash technologies; 3.5" SSDs, bootable PCI-Express SSDs, and even eSATA based ones. While SSDs utilizing SATA 6 Gb/s are very predictable in the near future, the company already has plans to unveil an external, portable SSD that utilizes the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, at the upcoming CES 2010 event. With over 4 Gb/s of interface bandwidth at its disposal, it can also be expected of the drive to be powered entirely by the USB port. A concept design is already in place.

Source: PC Perspective
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10 Comments on OCZ Preparing USB 3.0 External SSD

#1
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Whoa. Didn't know USB 3.0 was gonna be fast enough for an SSD. Then again, I never looked. I'm a bad geek. :ohwell:
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#2
mstenholm
Nice to have plans. Come back when you have something we can actually buy. I guess that all the players have plans.
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#3
Wshlist
But how about intel

Indeed, all the players and the industry had plans for quite some time now, once USB3 was finalized the controller chip people started to work on controllers with USB3 support, they have powerpoint presentations on the subject galore, so yes they all have plans, the only question is: does intel has plans for an USB3 SSD? Since they are stalling adding USB3 to their chipsets you wonder if they also will actively avoid it in that segment.
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#4
mechtech
very nice.


Well hopefully they will have what I want in 2 years.

256GB SLC, with 5 year warranty, sata spec 3.0, for $500 or less
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#6
Anonimo
I was wondering how much it would take to someone do it, cause, as far I know, USB 3 is faster than SATA 2.
I wonder if latency will be affected
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#7
Mussels
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by: PCpraiser100
Still, USB chokes the speed a bit.
by: Anonimo
I was wondering how much it would take to someone do it, cause, as far I know, USB 3 is faster than SATA 2.
I wonder if latency will be affected
if you look at USB 2.0's specs you find its really about half hte speed they claim (30MB/s instead of 60MB/s)

so if you look at USB 3.0 in the same light, it goes from 600MB/s to 300MB/s - matching SATA-II (and thus E-sata)


The main advantage to this is that you can get uber speed on machines with USB 3.0, but its gunna work on older machines too.
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#8
[I.R.A]_FBi
by: Wshlist
Indeed, all the players and the industry had plans for quite some time now, once USB3 was finalized the controller chip people started to work on controllers with USB3 support, they have powerpoint presentations on the subject galore, so yes they all have plans, the only question is: does intel has plans for an USB3 SSD? Since they are stalling adding USB3 to their chipsets you wonder if they also will actively avoid it in that segment.
Not just Intel ...
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#9
Wshlist
Well I mention intel because they announced they won't have USB3 chipsets until 2011 and because they are a big name in the SSD world, the standard against which things are measured, but when they don't have USB3 versions maybe they will relegate themselves to becoming an oddity instead of a standard in some ways.
Not that USB3 will be the standard interface for fixed SSD of course :) and there's the promise of lightpeak, but I expect 2011 for that too, but there I base myself on a pessimistic outlook on such developments because it always seems slow, not on real info.
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