OCZ JetExpress SSD controller includes native support for SATA and PCIe / NVMeBy Shawn Knight
OCZ Storage Solutions has landed in Las Vegas with their brand-new solid state drive controller, the JetExpress. The controller, designed and developed in-house, includes native support for SATA and PCIe / NVMe. As such, it'll support multiple form factors including M.2, 2.5-inch SATA and SFF-8639 which enables PCI Express speeds in a compact 2.5-inch form factor.
OCZ wasn't terribly forthcoming with information on the JetExpress in its press release although we can gather a bit more information on it from an interview with OCZ CEO Ralph Schmitt conducted shortly after Toshiba completed its acquisition of OCZ.
Based on that interview, we know that JetExpress has now been in development for roughly two and a half years. There was said to be a big focus on error correction and developing flexible front end and NAND interface blocks. At the time, OCZ expected the initial target market to be client with enterprise parts coming shortly after in Q1 of this year.
The Toshiba-owned company has also unveiled the Vector 180 series SSD which will be launching sometime early this year. This enthusiast-grade SSD features onboard Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) technology for increased reliability and will be sold in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB.
It's probably safe to assume that all future OCZ SSDs will ship exclusively with Toshiba NAND.
No word yet on which drives will be the first to include the JetExpress controller nor do we know when to expect them.