Monday, January 19th 2009

Kingston Digital Debuts SSDNow E and M series SSDs

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., announced today it is shipping the first two products in its SSDNow line of solid-state drives (SSD) with the SSDNow E Series and SSDNow M Series. Kingston is targeting its SSDs to Fortune 1000 companies and select vertical markets. The SSDNow E Series is specifically designed for the enterprise server environment while the SSDNow M Series is built for the road warrior who demands ultimate performance from a notebook PC. The Kingston SSDNow E and M Series use Intel’s solid-state drives, which are the best-performing drives on the market.

“We are thrilled to enter the solid-state drive market with our SSDNow E and M Series SSDs. The combination of the fastest SSDs in the world along with Kingston’s tremendous distribution capabilities and legendary customer service will position us to succeed in this arena,” said Mark Leathem, director of Flash business development, Kingston Digital. “The performance capabilities of these first two offerings are off the charts and our enterprise customers will be very pleased to use them in servers and corporate laptop computers.”
The SSDNow E and M series drives create greater return on investment through increased performance due to impressive input and output operations per second (IOPS). The SSDNow E Series’ higher IOPS means enterprises need significantly fewer SSDs compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), which also leads to energy savings in a server environment. The SSDNow M Series high IOPS allows for faster boot times and quicker application load times which help mobile power users become even more productive.

Kingston’s SSDNow uses a standard SATA hard disk drive interface but unlike an HDD, they are very rugged and can withstand shock and extreme environments as there are no moving parts. Kingston’s SSDNow E and M Series drives are equipped with S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) to monitor the integrity and reliability of the drives. The drives are backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and KingstonCare*, a comprehensive suite of tools and services designed to reduce downtime. For more information visit

Kingston SSDNow M and E Series Features and Specifications:
  • Fast: SSDNow E Series: 250MB/sec. read, 170MB/sec. write; SSDNow [M Series: 250MB/sec. read, 70MB/sec. write
  • Durable: no moving mechanical parts, enabling the SSD to handle rougher conditions
  • Guaranteed: backed by a three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support and KingstonCare* program
  • Form factor: 2.5"
  • Interface: SATA 1.5Gb/sec. and 3.0Gb/sec.
  • Capacity**: SSDNow E Series: 32GB; SSDNow M Series 80GB
  • Storage temperatures: -55° C to 95° C
  • Operating temperatures: 0° C to 70° C
  • Dimensions: SSDNow E Series: 69.85mm x 100mm x 7mm; SSDNow M
  • Series: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
  • Weight: SSDNow E Series: 80 grams (+/- 2 grams); SSDNow M Series: 86 grams (+/- 2 grams)
  • IOPS (Input and Output Operations Per Second): SSDNow E Series: [*Random 4K read: 35K; Random 4K write: 3.3K
  • Vibration operating: 2.17 G (7–800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 3.13 G (10–500Hz)
  • Power specs***: SSDNow E Series: Active: 2.4 W TYP; Sleep: 0.06 W TYP; SSDNow M Series: Active: 0.15 W; Sleep 0.06 W TYP
  • Life expectancy: SSDNow E Series: 2 million hours mean time before failure; SSDNow M Series: 1.2 million hours mean time before failure
  • Operating shock: 1,000 G/0.5 msec operating and non-operating
* SSDNow E Series only. See your sales representative to determine your eligibility for KingstonCare.
** Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at
*** Measurement based on IO meter

Source: Kingston Memory
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6 Comments on Kingston Digital Debuts SSDNow E and M series SSDs

slapping a Kingston sticker on top of Intel made SDD makes a completely "new" product :nutkick:
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Why are all the RAM manufacturers making SSD's now? I thought it would be the HDD companies.
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Because SSD's are pretty much memory?
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Are they? I've.. always seen Flash as something different from standard-die memory. Adding to this is the truth behind Bl4ck's statement - they're just re-branding other manufacturer's products, much like monitor manufacturers who don't make their own panels (which is most). But yes, why the people selling them, even after being re-branded are the RAM manufacturers is still an interesting point.
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ShadowFold said:
Because SSD's are pretty much memory?
yes and no , SDD is mainly memory, but you got also sata controler, some have internal raid controler, chip for ecc, bad sectors checking ect.
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I thought Kingston and Intel were jointly developing these drives. I hate rebranding as much as anyone else, but this might not qualify.
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