Wednesday, April 11th 2012

Intel SSD 910 Series PCI-Express Launch Imminent

Intel is on the brink of launching its new line of enterprise PCI-Express SSDs, codenamed "Ramsdale", carrying the market name "SSD 910 Series". The new SSD 910 series is coming to existence leapfrogging SSD 710 series, which was also codenamed "Ramsdale", but never made it to the market. The original Ramsdale SSD 720 was meant to be primarily based on SLC NAND flash memory with the probability of an MLC variant, Intel decided against launching it, probably because it was hedging its bets on 25 nm HET-MLC NAND flash, which provides endurance levels closer to SLC, while offering the capacity-advantage of MLC. The SSD 910 implements this new NAND flash standard that attempts to offer the best of both SLC and MLC.

The new SSD 910 will be available in two capacity options: 400 GB and 800 GB. Built as a PCI-Express expansion card, the SSD 910 consists of three stacked PCBs that hold SSD subunits and HET-MLC NAND flash chips, lots of them. Each of these subunits interfaces with the core logic over SAS. The core logic connects to the host over PCI-Express 2.0 x8 bus interface. The 400 GB variant provides sequential read speeds up to 1 GB/s, and up to 750 MB/s writes. The 800 GB variant provides up to 2 GB/s reads, with up to 1 GB/s writes.

Sequential speeds aren't of a huge consequence in an enterprise environment, it's the random-access performance that counts. The 400 GB variant 90,000 IOPS reads, with 38,000 IOPS writes; while the 800 GB variant provides 180,000 IOPS reads, with 75,000 IOPS writes. The drives provide write endurance of 7 PB (400 GB model) and 14 PB (800 GB model), in comparison, the endurance of SSD 710 series, with overprovisioning, is 1.5 PB. It's likely that Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Beijing, kicked off today, will be used as a launch-pad for the SSD 910 series.Source: VR-Zone
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14 Comments on Intel SSD 910 Series PCI-Express Launch Imminent

#2
adrianx
and soon will see a very similar product from LSI
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#3
Prima.Vera
Price$ are high as natural diamonds I think....DO WANT thou!
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#4
Galas
Estimated retail price?
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repman244
by: Galas
Estimated retail price?
6 kidneys :laugh:

Do want though.
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#7
illli
by: Prima.Vera
Price$ are high as natural diamonds I think....DO WANT thou!
lol i was thinking the same thing
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#8
Captain.Abrecan
Well they will probably work better for everybody more than the ocz ones.
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#9
MeanBruce
I love it! With optical drives not so important any longer and HDDs and SSDs not necessary what will the anterior or front of future chassis look like? Gone will be the drive bays, just radiator/H100 mounting areas, hmmmm I think it’s time for Noctua to release that new line of chassis they have been working on.

Will there be a consumer variant later this year in a smaller 100GB or 200GB capacity that a small office can afford? Looks like Intel is going to take back the crown. BTW, who makes the controller for the 910 series???
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btarunr
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by: Prima.Vera
DO WANT thou!
Sure.

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#13
douglatins
Yep but how about the price? i bet 2k and 3k or something
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