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Indilinx Speeds Up SSDs To 230 MB/s

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Milpitas (CA) - Solid state disk (SSD) drives are likely to see further speed increases from the currently fastest drives that provide read speeds of about 200 MB/s to the theoretical maximum of 300 MB/s. Silicon Valley startup Indilinx says it has developed a technology that will boost the speed of SSDs by more 15% and is already working on SATA III interface version that should double the bandwidth provided by today’s SSDs.

Performance is one of the key benefits of SSDs, but even if the fastest SSDs available today are substantially faster than the fastest hard drives, the price/performance equation just does work for the mainstream buyer yet. Any increase in performance or decrease in price will help the industry to shift the perceived value of a solid state drive in its favor.

Indilinx says it has developed a new "high-performing solid state drive (SSD) controller" built in 90 nm process technology that is currently shown at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara and promises much higher data transfer speeds for SSDs.

The device, called Barefoot, delivers a read speed of 230 MB/s, 30 MB/s above today’s fastest SATA II SSDs, and support for storage capacities of up to 512 MB. Indilinx claims that it is first to "fully utilize" the SATA 2 interface and noted that it is already working on an interface compatible with SATA III and a bandwidth of 600 MB/s.

Commercial products using the Barefoot interface have not been announced.

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    V3NOM , August 15, 2008 11:22 AM
    kool
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2008 12:11 PM
    I suppose its 512GB instead of 512 MB..
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    Turas , August 15, 2008 12:57 PM
    Which drive that is actually out and shipping does 200MB/s. As far as I know the Memoright is the fastest it it is only 130 MB/s. The Mircon which was covered the other day is nowhere to be found or even reviewed. The Samsung one that was annount over a month of go has not been verified and neither has Intel's which is supposed to be around that speed.
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    zyberwoof , August 15, 2008 1:57 PM
    Wow, before you know it, some people may be using their PCIe x16 slot for SSD's if SATA doesn't make some big improvements.
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2008 4:02 PM
    @ Turas

    Memoright the fastest???

    http://www.stec-inc.com/interface/fc.php
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2008 8:42 PM
    512MB???
    That's the same as a small USB stick!
    Great to store a desktop's swap file/drive on to boost performance.

    depending on the power requirements this memory would probably not do for notebooks.
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2008 8:47 PM
    TurasWhich drive that is actually out and shipping does 200MB/s. As far as I know the Memoright is the fastest it it is only 130 MB/s. The Mircon which was covered the other day is nowhere to be found or even reviewed. The Samsung one that was annount over a month of go has not been verified and neither has Intel's which is supposed to be around that speed.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4453&Itemid=22

    200MB/s Read for samsung.
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    JonathanDeane , August 17, 2008 1:49 AM
    600MB's a second is awesome. This means my machine can fill its ram and set up its swap file in like 10 seconds. So I want one of these for my main drive and swap file and I want a large spinning drive for back up and long term storage (personal folders for pictures and music, email,reports all things that do not require allot of bandwidth so 600MBps would be over kill)
    good news for games and Vista!!!