Mushkin Introduces SandForce Based USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Mushkin has announced a very, very interesting USB 3.0 flash drive. This flash drive, while still being called a 'flash drive' may be seemingly ordinary, the unit is actually powered by a SandForce chip and can manage SSD-esque read and write speeds. The flash drives go by the name "Ventura Ultra."

The SandForce controller that is aboard the unit is one that is also commonly found in SSDs: the SF-2281. This controller, wired up to MLC flash, allows for sustained sequential read speeds of up to 455 MB/s, write speeds of up to 445 MB/s, and 23,500 random read IOPS.


60 GB
120 GB
240 GB
Read MB/s
455
445
450
Write MB/s
430
440
445
Read IOPS
12,000
20,000
23,500
Write IOPS
33,500
34,000
39,000

The units feature an aluminum housing, have built-in wear-leveling, and the firmware can be upgraded through the USB connector. It is also backwards compatible with older USB standards, though obviously it won't be running nearly as fast.

There was no word on when the units would be available, nor was there any information on pricing.

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  • combine1237
    Wonder what process and type of nand this is.
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  • patrick47018
    Looks promising, although will probably be quite expensive
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  • CrArC
    Sounds not unlike Patriot's Supersonic Magnum sticks. They were pretty much SSDs in USB form factor as well (an eight-channel controller tied to a bunch of NAND chips). You could tickle 200MB/s read and over 100MB/s write with one of those.
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