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Silicon Power Announces Ultra-Fast E20 SSD

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Silicon Power introduced a new, turbo-charged 2.5-inch SSD with TRIM and GC support.

Tuesday Silicon Power revealed a new 2.5-inch SATA SSD, the E20. The drive reportedly uses a proprietary technology that allows for read speeds up to 250 MB/s and write speeds up to 230 MB/s, surpassing similar SSD speeds on the market today.

Silicon Power's E20 offers a variety of features including built-in DDR2 DRAM Cache Memory, circuit current sensors, Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) support, and TRIM Command and Garbage Collection Technology support.

"With E20’s built-in DDR2 DRAM Cache Memory, even during continuous intensive-write situations, computers shall lag no more," the company said. "This feature not only enhances SSD’s read and write performances, it also extends SSD’s lifespan."

The new SSD will also utilize built-in ECC to guarantee data reliability, and use the company's "wear-leveling" technology to expand its lifespan. Other notable features include low power consumption, resistance to shock and vibrations, noiseless operation, no latency delay and no seek errors-- typical SSD benefits.

The E20 will arrive in four capacities: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. Unfortunately, Silicon Power did not provide pricing or availability, so stay tuned.

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    HavoCnMe , November 30, 2010 10:33 PM
    Always love reading about new SSD's. Help drive the cost down boys.
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    HavoCnMe , November 30, 2010 10:33 PM
    Always love reading about new SSD's. Help drive the cost down boys.
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    nebun , November 30, 2010 10:44 PM
    nothing new...SSD from crucial is faster
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    borisof007 , November 30, 2010 10:55 PM
    Didn't provide pricing because it'll be really high. The price per gb needs to come down to at least $1 per gb
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    aznshinobi , November 30, 2010 10:59 PM
    nebunnothing new...SSD from crucial is faster


    But the Revodrive is faster.

    Anyway, would have liked SP (Silicon Power) to have implemented an SF controller =P I won't mind though if they have price/gig lower than other competitors.
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    ehanger , November 30, 2010 11:45 PM
    Isn't there a PCIe SSD with read/write speeds close to 1GB/s?
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    samdsox , November 30, 2010 11:50 PM
    Is it just me or is ssd starting to get like apple news on Tom's when the ipad came out. Tom's does so many articles about them . I think there needs to be a no ssd site like a no apple site. :) 
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    aznshinobi , November 30, 2010 11:52 PM
    ehangerIsn't there a PCIe SSD with read/write speeds close to 1GB/s?


    Revodrive v2??
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    saint19 , December 1, 2010 12:38 AM
    ehangerIsn't there a PCIe SSD with read/write speeds close to 1GB/s?


    True, but. What price?

    Revodrive 50GB $200
    Crucial C300 128GB $275

    Revodrive 960GB $3,359
    SSD 1TB $2,530
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    webbwbb , December 1, 2010 1:04 AM
    And the 1GB/s drives don't support TRIM...
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    dEAne , December 1, 2010 1:16 AM
    This is what we need:
    "With E20’s built-in DDR2 DRAM Cache Memory, even during continuous intensive-write situations, computers shall lag no more," the company said. "This feature not only enhances SSD’s read and write performances, it also extends SSD’s lifespan."
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2010 1:25 AM
    Why stop at DDR2?

    Why not use DDR5 instead for even better performance?
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    stm1185 , December 1, 2010 1:32 AM
    "The drive reportedly uses a proprietary technology that allows for read speeds up to 250 MB/s and write speeds up to 230 MB/s, surpassing similar SSD speeds on the market today."

    Dont most SF1200 based drives do 270-285MB/S, and have been on the market for months. So it in fact is not surpassing similar SSD's and if it is turbocharged, then its a V6 going up against V8s.
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    maximus20895 , December 1, 2010 1:40 AM
    Yes, most sandforce drives are 275-285MB/s write/read. Who cares anyway what the sequential is..the drives do 4k most of the time anyway.

    I want a 6B/s intel controller.
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    TheRockMonsi , December 1, 2010 1:44 AM
    So when is this coming out?
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    TheWhiteRose000 , December 1, 2010 2:28 AM
    I know how much there gonna cost!
    A arm and a leg!
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    g00fysmiley , December 1, 2010 11:17 AM
    SSD prices are actually continuing to go down. almost bought one this weekend at 120 gigs for 175 a good corsair

    as mroe competition comes the prices will keep droppign and before you know it at least boot drives will be realistic

    ... maybe one day 1TB SSD's will be atainable at the $1 per gig and be down to $1k in stead of the current $4k
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    dark_lord69 , December 1, 2010 1:11 PM
    Sounds like a great drive but likely overpriced.
    I think I might buy the Micro Center 64GB SSD, it uses the SandForce 1200 chips which allow for some of the fastest SSD speeds available today.
    (It's only $99) Although I'd certainly like a higher capacity drive for the same price...
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    superblahman123 , December 1, 2010 1:58 PM
    Renegade_WarriorWhy stop at DDR2?Why not use DDR5 instead for even better performance?


    DDR5 is expensive and DDR2 is stable enough. Mind you, it's built in so the connection and speed should be great.
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    Lutfij , December 1, 2010 4:06 PM
    wonder what they'll cost, compared to the crucials and OCZ's?
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    hrrmph , December 1, 2010 4:33 PM
    Yeah, the effect of the DDR is the big mystery here. Will it really work to improve things?

    You would think it should help with responsiveness on short-term intensive tasks that saturate the ability of the NAND controller and NAND chips to respond. It's basically adding another layer of cache that should be faster than the (main) NAND chips.

    If the DRAM controller has good logic and guesses correctly what the user needs to get from the drive most of the time, then this might be a winner.

    On the other hand, if they are just out to say that they were the first to add DRAM cache, but do a sloppy implementation of it, then it will be useless.

    This is what killed the first hybrid drives (sloppy implementation with too little NAND cache) and what makes the current Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drives a success, with good controller logic implementation with enough NAND cache to make a difference.

    I hope Silicon Power gets the technology right and also offers the drives at a reasonable price. A premium for better performance is okay, but a steep premium would be a mistake in the ever more competitive and price sensitive SSD market.

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