Mushkin shows its new Ridgeback RAM, Calypso SSDs

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Mushkin showed off a few products at CeBIT, including a new line of memory modules and a solid-state drive series. The RAM, called Ridgeback, features a redesigned heatsink with ridges along its back (go figure), and will be aimed at enthusiasts. It will ship in various configurations, including three DDR3 kits targeting both Intel's LGA1156 and LGA1366 platforms, and one set of DDR2 memory. No word on pricing or availability.

Ridgeback Memory Configurations
Memory Speed Timings Voltage
4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz 6-8-6-24 1.65V
6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz 6-8-6-24 1.65V
6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 1.65V
4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz 5-5-5-15 2.1V

The company is also working on a Sandforce-based SSD series called Calypso. The drives will use the SF-1200 controller and come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, with peak speeds around 260MB/s and max IOPS of about 10,000 with 4k blocks. Mushkin says the Calypso drives should be cheaper than SSDs based on Indilinx controllers, and should launch sometime early next month. The company is also reportedly developing drives that use the quicker SF-1500 controller.


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