And ultra-affordable SSD? We'll see.
When people take the plunge and upgrade to an SSD, a good bet is to go with one that has an Indilinx controller – at least if you care at all about speed.
The problem, as with all SSDs, is price. OCZ thinks that it might have an affordable solution for those of you coveting an SSD with an Indilinx controller.
OCZ has unveiled the Solid 2 SATA II 2.5-inch SSD Series, which the company is pushing as "the ultra-affordable MLC based solid state storage solution for mainstream consumers looking to take advantage of flash based storage technology."
"While solid state drives offer exceptional performance, the high cost of ownership has been a barrier for many consumers," commented Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Development at the OCZ technology Group. "It has always been our goal to make quality SSD drives affordable to the complete range of customers. By making use of the proven Indilinx controller coupled new flash technology, OCZ is excited to introduce the Solid 2 that delivers increased reliability and performance over competing traditional and solid state solutions at a price point that is truly within reach of mainstream consumers."
OCZ said that its Solid 2 SSDs feature up to 125 MB/s read and 100 MB/s write speeds and 64MB of onboard cache. The press release also mentions "unique performance optimization to keep the drives at peak performance," which we're assuming to be the "background garbage collection" firmware that we saw just recently.
The OCZ Solid 2 drives will come in 64 GB and 128 GB sizes, but sadly and curiously, OCZ isn't letting out pricing details on this "ultra-affordable" drive just yet. Looks like we'll have to wait till it hits stores.