Monday ADATA Technology officially announced the S596 Turbo series of 2.5-inch solid state disks, the first line of SSDs to use the new JMicron JMF616 controller. The drives are said to deliver sequential read and write speeds up to 250 MB/sec and 180 MB/sec, and provide users with two interface options: SATA II and mini-USB.
"The SSD can be used either as an external portable storage, or as an installed disk in laptop," the company said. "Furthermore, with a 3.5-inch converter, the S596 Turbo can be installed in desktop PC. The brushed aluminum chassis of the S596 Turbo is designed for fast heat dissipation, while bringing impressive elegant demeanor."
Utilizing the next generation of flash technology, the S596 Turbo series uses a DDR2 128M cache buffer and supports Windows 7 TRIM command. The new controller adds extra stability while Static wear-leveling technology extends the SSD's life. The drives even come with a 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security 2010 and a three-year product warranty.
As for storage capacities, the new S596 Turbo line will come in three varieties: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The press release lists a 32GB version, however the product page does not. All three listed drives are compatible with Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard, and promises a 40-percent performance improvement compared to platforms equipped with ordinary SSDs.
ADATA did not specify pricing or availability.