Wednesday, January 5th 2011

OWC Announces Mercury Legacy Pro, First SandForce-Driven IDE SSD

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced today its new Mercury Legacy Pro Solid State Drive (SSD) line as the first and fastest SandForce processor based SSD available for pre-Intel PowerPC based Mac notebooks, PCs, and other notebook/laptop computers that utilize an internal 2.5" sized IDE/ATA drive. This announcement establishes OWC as the most comprehensive U.S. manufacturer of industry leading SandForce processor based SSDs available today with OWC Mercury Pro brand SSD models available for nearly every Mac and PC produced over the past decade. OWC will be demonstrating the new Mercury Legacy Pro and other first-to-market OWC Mercury Pro SSDs in booth #3935, LVCC North Hall, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which begins tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fastest 2.5" IDE/ATA Drive Available For Legacy Notebooks/Laptops
With performance up to 41X faster than today’s traditional hard drives, the OWC Mercury Legacy Pro offers users of Mac and PC notebook, laptop, and computers that utilize an internal 2.5" sized IDE/ATA drive the fastest internal drive performance available today. It eliminates tedious drive spin up wait time and delayed system responsiveness by providing near instant data access, system boots, and app loads.

Four Models Starting At $199.99 MSRP
The new OWC Mercury Legacy Pro is available immediately in four capacities compatible with pre-Intel PowerPC based Mac PowerBooks and iBooks; as well as PCs and other notebook/laptop computers that utilize an internal 2.5" sized IDE/ATA drive:
  • 40GB Mercury Legacy Pro with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty - $TBA
  • 60GB Mercury Legacy Pro with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty - $199.99
  • 120GB Mercury Legacy Pro with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty - $299.99
  • 240GB Mercury Legacy Pro with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty - $579.99
Doesn’t Slow Down With Use Like Ordinary SSDs
Ordinary SSDs offer fast read/write performance during first initial uses, but then experience significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. Independent simulation tests by leading drive performance experts (http://macperformanceguide.com/SSD-RealWorld.html) confirm OWC Mercury Pro brand SSD’s ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy long term usage of the drive and without dependency on less than effective OS TRIM management.

Up To 100X Greater Data Protection
Utilizing SandForce DuraClass technology, the OWC Mercury Legacy Pro is able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives. By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology along with 7% over provisioning, the Mercury Legacy Pro provides RAID like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity.

“The Mercury Legacy Pro SSD line is like a performance ‘supercharger’ for older notebook and laptop users,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “It can really wake up that trusty machine and extend its usefulness at a fraction of the cost of a new computer.”
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3 Comments on OWC Announces Mercury Legacy Pro, First SandForce-Driven IDE SSD

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Velvet Wafer
Specs, anyone? the speed of those seems to be missing :)
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NdMk2o1o
Isn't the max speed of IDE 133/150Mb/s :rolleyes: nice for older systems though the price are up there with Corsair and OCZ which are a lot faster than that
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Velvet Wafer
by: NdMk2o1o
Isn't the max speed of IDE 133/150Mb/s :rolleyes: nice for older systems though the price are up there with Corsair and OCZ which are a lot faster than that
that was my point... wherefore buying a sandforce SSD, if a indilinx already maxes out the bus?:laugh:
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