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Seagate Announces Demo of 12 Gb/s Solid-State Drives

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Following Hitachi, Seagate also confirmed that it will be showcasing 12Gb/s SSDs at the SCSI Trade Association’s Technical Showcase on May 9.

According to a press release, Seagate will have its Pulsar.2 enterprise SSDs with a 12Gb/s SAS on display. The company said that the devices target cloud services and other enterprise applications "throughout all tiers of data storage." Seagate stressed that the interface will be initially integrated with SSDs to take advantage of "the high performance benefits of SSDs", but the technology is also compatible for use in higher-capacity enterprise hard drives. There was no announcement when 12 Gb/s HDDs will become available, but this seems to be a matter of when, not if.

Seagate noted that its 12 Gb/s implementation is "fully compatible with controllers and other technologies from PMC-Sierra and LSI." The company expects the 12Gb/s SAS standard to be finalized by the end of this year. First drives will be available sometime in 2013, while volume availability is predicted for H2 2013.

HGST announced last week that it will be demonstrating 12 Gb/s drives at the SCSI Trade Association’s Technical Showcase.

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    pedro_mann , May 8, 2012 12:17 AM
    So do we get a jump in SATA speed as well, as an offshoot?
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    frostyfireball , May 8, 2012 1:15 AM
    At the rate SSDs are improving, might aswell skip SAS and SATA 12Gb/s and go straight up to 18 or 24Gb/s.
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    CaedenV , May 7, 2012 11:36 PM
    holy cow! 2 years; That has got to be the shortest lived interconnect lifespan ever created.
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    AndrewK1 , May 7, 2012 11:52 PM
    And I thought my Vertex 3 was good...
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    Marco925 , May 7, 2012 11:57 PM
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    holy cow! 2 years; That has got to be the shortest lived interconnect lifespan ever created.


    What are you talking about? SAS 2.0 (6gbps) was introduced in 2009. by the time this is released it'll be 4 years.

    Which is roughly the same lifespan as SAS 1.0 (3gbps)
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    pedro_mann , May 8, 2012 12:17 AM
    So do we get a jump in SATA speed as well, as an offshoot?
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    Anonymous , May 8, 2012 12:45 AM
    dayum!
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    frostyfireball , May 8, 2012 1:15 AM
    At the rate SSDs are improving, might aswell skip SAS and SATA 12Gb/s and go straight up to 18 or 24Gb/s.
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    wigglerthefish , May 8, 2012 4:53 AM
    Hmm the speeds should be up enough for when PCM memory hits the consumer market, yes?
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    capt_taco , May 8, 2012 5:04 AM
    That's really impressive, but at the same time ... I'll be interested in SSDs at 3GB/s, 6GB/s or 12 GB/s at exactly the same time the price comes down by about two-thirds.
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    andy_newton , May 8, 2012 6:35 AM
    In mere 3 years, the seagate will die, just like 7200.11 and 7200.12 barracudas.
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    blazorthon , May 8, 2012 7:24 AM
    andy_newtonIn mere 3 years, the seagate will die, just like 7200.11 and 7200.12 barracudas.


    Do you have any information, besides that two almost completely unrelated devices failed, to support your claim?
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    blazorthon , May 8, 2012 7:29 AM
    WigglerthefishHmm the speeds should be up enough for PCM memory if it hits the consumer market, yes?


    Fixed it for you. Unless you have some inside knowledge on companies that will manufacture PCM devices, let's not get ahead of ourselves and assume that it will be here at all. Also, Flash still has tons of room for improvement where performance is concerned (OCZ has a 12TB 7.2GB/s max sequential PCIe SSD and a slower, but higher capacity at 16TB, 6GB/s max sequential PCIe SSD), so it probably won't get replaced any time soon, that is unless another technology with similar or greater performance comes out with lower cost per GB.
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    Anonymous , May 8, 2012 11:44 AM
    Now i hope they really start to drop price per GB.
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    devBunny , May 8, 2012 4:55 PM
    What price this colossus? Should I start saving now or be buying lottery tickets like a madbun?
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    josejones , May 8, 2012 6:58 PM
    SATA Express SSD's 16Gb/s

    SSDs to get faster with SATA Express
    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2012/03/08/ssds-faster-sata-express/1

    SATA 4, 12 Gb/s (SATAe 16 Gb/s) for SSD's?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/280390-32-sata-satae
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    Marco925 , May 8, 2012 7:34 PM
    andy_newtonIn mere 3 years, the seagate will die, just like 7200.11 and 7200.12 barracudas.

    What'd seagate ever do to you?
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    hannibal , May 8, 2012 8:47 PM
    snkmadNow i hope they really start to drop price per GB.


    Well these are enterprice versions so no price drop in there... It is guite easy to see that these will cost 3-6$ GB at least, propably more...
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    __-_-_-__ , May 9, 2012 2:41 PM
    my house will cost less then one of those drives.
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    blazorthon , May 9, 2012 7:11 PM
    __-_-_-__my house will cost less then one of those drives.


    Cheap house then. Very cheap house.
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    nforce4max , September 22, 2012 8:01 PM
    blazorthonCheap house then. Very cheap house.


    What is wrong with having a cheaper home? Not everyone can cough up $300k-$500k for a "normal" house.
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    blazorthon , September 22, 2012 8:08 PM
    nforce4maxWhat is wrong with having a cheaper home? Not everyone can cough up $300k-$500k for a "normal" house.


    I didn't say that there's anything wrong with it; I simply made an observation. Drives like these are unlikely to cost more than a few thousand dollars.
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