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New OCZ SSD Line Offers 1 TB, "Instant On" Support

Thursday OCZ Technology announced the Indilinx Everest-based Octane SATA 3.0 and SATA 2.0 series of SSDs. The company is claiming "world's first" by offering a 1 TB capacity SSD in a compact 2.5 inch format, and "record-breaking" access times of up to 560 MB/s of bandwidth and 45,000 IOPS.

"Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."

According to the company, the Octane series features proprietary page mapping algorithms that allow for steady mixed-workload performance. There are also a number of details unique to Indilinx including latency reduction technology which allows read access times as low as 0.06ms and write access times down at 0.09ms, enabling "fast boot" in consumer applications.

On a more technical level, the Octane version, connecting via a SATA 3 interface (6 Gb/s), will have read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds up to 400 MB/s, and the SATA 2-based Octane-S2 (3 Gb/s) will have read speeds up to 275 MB/s and write speeds up to 265 MB/s. The Octane model will also deliver up to 45,000 random read 4K IOPS and the Octane-S2 up to 30,000 random read 4K IOPS.

As for other features, the Octane series will sport up to 512 MB of DRAM cache, a dual-core controller (CPU), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, TRIM support, SMART reporting and more. An advanced BCH ECC engine also enables more than 70 bits correction capability per 1KB of data, the company said.

"Octane SSDs also come equipped with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance technology, increasing the lifespan of the NAND flash memory, ensuring the most consistent and reliable performance as well as minimizing performance degradation even after the drive's storage capacity is highly utilized," OCZ reports. "In addition, Octane series drives support AES and automatic encryption to secure critical data."

The OCZ Octane SSD Series will be available on November 1, 2011 in 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacities. Pricing is currently unavailable.