Semiconductors and Components

SSD Vendors Jump on the PCI Express SSD Train

09 January 2015

At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Kingston Technology Company Inc. and Plextor have introduced PCI express solid state drives (SSDs) enabling a faster data transfer compared to SATA-based drives.

HyperX, a division of Kingston, said its HyperX Predator PCIe SSD will begin shipping in February and offered in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB versions that will deliver 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write for an overall faster system performance, Kingston said. Powered by Marvell’s 88SS9293 controller, the SSD supports the M.2 PCIe slot but can also be ported to motherboards without an M.2 socket via a half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapter.

Mike Chen, director of product marketing for storage at Marvell, said in a statement that desktop and datacenters users are seeking to break through the performance limitations of 6Gb/S SATA drives and the PCIe SSD “provides lightning fast, next-generation SSD performance.”

Meanwhile, Plextor released its PCIe M7e SSD that the storage company said will enable 2GB of information to be passed in one second. Plextor is targeting the device at gamers and high intensity users that need faster performance from their PC devices.

Furthermore, Plextor is also introducing a M6e SSD Black edition, scheduled for release later in January, that boasts random read/write speeds of 105/100K IOPS. The SSD includes PlexTurbo 2.0, a proprietary cache memory architecture developed by Plextor with system memory sizes of up to 4GB of DRAM.

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