Western Digital intros SiliconDrive III range of SSDs

By on June 16, 2009, 9:55 AM
Following the acquisition of SiliconSystems earlier this year, Western Digital is taking its first steps into the SSD market announcing the SiliconDrive III product range. The drives are naturally based on SiliconSystems’ technology and target the same communications, embedded computing, data center, medical, military and aerospace markets.

The product range includes 2.5-inch (SATA and PATA) and 1.8-inch Micro SATA devices, featuring native SATA 3Gbps or ATA-7 interfaces with up to 100MBps read speeds write speeds up to 80MBps; in capacities up to 120GB. They are certainly not breaking any speed or capacity records here but apparently their main focus is in reliability, data integrity, and robustness.

The company’s SiSMART technology, for example, keeps tabs on the drive’s status in real-time, based on its usage patterns, and predicts when maintenance will be needed to replace it. Other features are designed for the elimination of drive corruption due to power anomalies, and to ensure data integrity and SSD life for multi-year product deployments. You can read more about the product launch in the press release after the jump.
Press Release

New Products Based on Third-Generation SiliconDrive Platform

LAKE FOREST, Calif., June 16 -- WD(R) (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has begun shipping its new SiliconDrive(R) III SSD product family based on technology from its March 2009 acquisition of SiliconSystems. The company's new SiliconDrive III products feature faster read/write speeds and increased capacities, and offer mechanical scalability, making them a perfect storage solution for embedded system and data streaming applications such as multimedia content delivery systems and data center media appliances.

SiliconDrive III SSDs include 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) and Parallel ATA (PATA) and 1.8-inch Micro SATA products featuring native SATA 3.0 gigabits per second (Gbps) or ATA-7 interfaces with target read speeds up to 100 megabytes per second (MBps) and write speeds to 80 MBps in capacities up to 120 gigabytes (GB).

"SiliconDrive III is the first example of how WD plans to productize solid state technology developed by SiliconSystems. The launch of SiliconDrive III will also enable WD to leverage its global sales and distribution channels to accelerate the adoption of SSD technology beyond SiliconSystems' traditional embedded systems OEM customer base into data streaming applications such as multimedia content delivery systems and data center media appliances," said Michael Hajeck, senior vice president and general manager of WD's solid state storage business unit. "SiliconDrive III is an ideal solution for OEMs that require increased performance, capacity, reliability and data throughput in their applications."

SiliconDrive III has been designed and optimized for high performance and high reliability in demanding 24x7 applications in the embedded systems, media appliance and data streaming markets. Performance and reliability is achieved through the integration of the company's patented and patent-pending advanced storage technologies in every SiliconDrive III product. The company's patented and patent-pending PowerArmor(R), SiSMART(R) and SolidStor(R) technologies address critical OEM design considerations such as the elimination of drive corruption due to power anomalies, the ability to monitor a SiliconDrive's useable life in real-time and integrated advanced storage technologies that ensure data integrity and SSD life for multi-year product deployments.

Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=21.

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windmill007 said:

I'm pushing over 200MB/s read and over 150MB/s write with my OCZ Vertex. Most other SSD's seem no faster or even slower than standard hard drives in read/write performance? Looks like OCZ is leading the way forward. Hopefully these other SSD makers wake up.

Jibberish18 said:

It's not just about Read & Write Speeds. For one, no laptop hard drive I know of gives you 100 MB/s Read speed and 80 MB/s Write. Not sure if that Sequential or Random. Not exactly sure of the speed of modern 7200 RPM's 3.5" hard drives nowadays but even IF they are as fast as these SSD's that are being offered by WD, the fact that their latency is extremely low more than makes up for the fact that the Average Read & Write speeds isn't blazing fast. MOST people just want to "feel" the speed, in which case, average SSD's such as these are great for a lower price. Not sure what their price is yet though.

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