The company is shipping samples of the new controller family to storage manufacturers this quarter and expects to ramp up production in the first half of 2011. The SF-2300 is aimed for industrial applications, while the SF-2500 (SATA) and SF-2600 (SAS) are geared for the enterprise. OCZ already said it’s working on new SF2000-based Deneva units, while OWC announced the Mercury Extreme Pro Enterprise PCI-e SSDs. Unfortunately no plans for a consumer version of SandForce’s controller were announced, but new products should eventually trickle down into that segment as well.
Fresh off the recent third-generation Intel SSD spec leak, SandForce has announced a new line of controllers that promise to bring faster speeds and support for new flash memory types. The new SF-2000 family of solid-state drive processors builds upon the success of the SF-1500 and SF-1200 series used in many of today’s popular drives, such as OCZ’s Vertex line, by adding things like support for 6Gbit/sec SATA connectivity, DuraClass technology for improved reliability, 500MB/s sustained sequential read/write performance and an unprecedented 60,000 random 4K read/write IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) – which is double what its predecessors were capable of.