New SandForce controllers promise up to 500MB/s transfers

By on October 7, 2010, 12:34 PM
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.

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.

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Guest said:

and it begins.....


KG363 KG363 said:

and I JUST bought an SSD :p

oh, can't say I like the new layout

KG363 KG363 said:

nvm just saw you can switch it back

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Anandtech also has a nice writeup on this, I'm looking forward to seeing reviews comparing this controller with the upcoming Intel X25M-G3 and also whatever Indilinx comes up with


Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

The Intel drive doesn't look too great on paper from what I've read. They expect sub 200MB/s write speeds and sub 300MB/s reads *yawn*. Gen behind already.

Guest said:

i highly doubt the consumer version of the sandforce drive will be doing 500/500 and will wait for a proper product review because those drives slow down when they hit data they cannot compress.

Also it looks like intel's goal is to reduce prices and increase capacity. Which is what the market wants right now not performance increases.

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