Zalman's newest line of solid state drives, the F1-series, is slated for launch tomorrow in Japan.
The F1 Series SSDs utilize a 2.5-inch form-factor SATA 6 Gb/s interface. The drive is based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. Its available in capacities of 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB. Pricing is listed at 11,980 JPY (US $153) for the 60 GB, 19,800 JPY ($254) for the 120 GB, and 39,980 JPY ($513) for the 240 GB model. In addition, the drive has support for TRIM, NCQ, AES-128/256, SMART and is AHCI mode optimized.
The F1 Series performance offers read speeds of up to 560 MB/s, and up to 530 MB/s write speeds. The 60 GB and 120 GB models offer 4K random write performance of 30,000 IOPS and the 240 GB model offers 45,000 IOPS. Zalman has provided a speed comparison chart on the new F1 Series against "General" but isn't kind enough to list was the "General" drive is. Based on the number listed, "General" looks to be your standard SandForce SF-2281 controller. Zalman is boasting its performance seen in incompressible data transfers most commonly used by audio, video and photography professionals.
Read more on the F1 Series at its product page. We'll let you know if and when this drive will hit the U.S.