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.