Super Talent is entering the realm of enterprise solid state disks, with their new “UltraDrive LE” products. The announcement, made today, introduces the UltraDrive LE as a product pitched at high-end servers, citing performance figures that exceed that of traditional high-end 10,000RPM drives. The UltraDrive LE line boasts read speeds as high as 230MB/sec and write speeds as high as 170MB/sec.

They are also introducing the UltraDrive ME, a slightly lower performing drive destined for laptops, with read and write speeds of 200 and 160MB/sec, respectively. Even with the lowered performance figure, Super Talent still claims the drives will beat any mechanical disk in performance. Capacities range from 32GB to 128GB, so they certainly won't be winning any capacity contests, and while the press release did not mention initial pricing it's unlikely they'll be competing on price either.

The SLC NAND flash drives may have something to prove in the performance arena, though, so I look forward to seeing them in action. You can read more after the jump. The drives are expected for release next month.
San Jose, California - December 9, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of UltraDrive solid state drives (SSDs) that are twice as fast as the world's speediest SATA hard drives and are offered in capacities up to 256GB.

UltraDrive LE SSDs are designed expressly for enterprise servers and data centers where exceptional performance, reliability and endurance are paramount. The UltraDrive LE supports very high transaction speeds (IOPS), and supports sequential read/write speeds of 230/170 MB per second. While outperforming 10,000 RPM hard drives, the UltraDrive LE uses substantially less power and generates less heat. Based on SLC NAND Flash, the UltraDrive LE is offered in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

"The UltraDrive LE represents a quantum leap forward in storage performance that is simply staggering. It excels in every metric that's relevant to data centers: sequential and random read and write speeds, transaction rates and access and seek times. It also has a considerable advantage over 10,000 RPM hard drives in power consumption and MTBF. This product sets a new standard in enterprise storage" said Super Talent Chief Operating Officer, Mr. C.H. Lee.

UltraDrive ME SSDs now represent the fastest available 2.5-inch internal storage solution for SATA-II notebooks. With sequential read/write speeds up to 200/160 MB per second, the UltraDrive ME outperforms the fastest desktop hard drives available, making it an outstanding upgrade for mobile professionals and gamers alike. As the company's third generation MLC NAND based SSD, the UltraDrive ME offers reliability not found in competing SSDs.


Series / Description / Max Read/Write Speed

UltraDrive LE / 2.5-inch SATA-II, SLC, up to 128GB / 230/170 MB/sec

UltraDrive ME / 2.5-inch SATA-II, MLC, up to 256GB / 200/160 MB/sec

UltraDrive LE and ME SSDs will available in January 2009.