Monday, September 29th 2008

Transcend Launches new SSDs

The market for solid-state drives is growing steadily. Transcend put in its newest offerings, 2.5 inch SSDs with double the read/write speeds over its predecessors. The company equipped these drives with new controllers that add to its performance and energy efficiency. The drives come in capacities of up to 64 GB, in both SATA II and IDE interface flavours. The drives come with built-in Error Correction Code (ECC) for reliable data transfer, and the drive offers sustained transfer speeds of 159 MB/s (read) and 136 MB/s write, with latencies below 1 ms.
Source: DigiTimes
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9 Comments on Transcend Launches new SSDs

Well it looks like they've solved the slow writing issue, in the sense that its now much faster writing to disk(memory?) than regular harddrives. Have to admit i wonder what these could do in a raid 0 environment.
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Three questions:
1) What's the MTBF on these things?
2) Have they actually improved the number of read/writes each memory cell can do before failing, or do they spread the usage?
3) How much?
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with built in ECC, the risk of data problems is a lot lower. speeds are excellent, i'd totally get one for an OS drive.
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I wonder what price will be on these

I would like one for my laptop if they came in a bigger size like 128gb or just as a OS drive for my main rig either way I want one if they are in a good price range
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I'd take a 32gb one for an OS drive if the price was reasonable.
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Has anyone found a retailer selling these yet? I suppose it will be a while until they appear in the UK though. :(
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I particularly like the IDE version for upgrading older laptops. Virtual memory on SSD at high read/write speeds and zero latency is a winner.
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The company equipped these drives with new controllers that add to its performance and energy efficiency.
Hopefully this means they've dumped the crappy JMicron controller for something better. Looks like I'll be getting an SSD around Christmas time :).
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I'd only use SSDs for OS/apps storage, but everything else should strictly still be stored on HDDs. I have doubts that data recovery on SSDs is possible...
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