OCZ Technology adds another SandForce-based SSD to its lineup for the enterprise and industrial market, boasting SATA III and support for multiple-flash memory types.
OCZ Technology will partner with SandForce on a new solid state drive based
on Serial ATA III and NAND
flash components, OCZ Technology Group said Oct. 7.
The sample drives will be available to clients by the end of the year.
Production is expected to begin early next year, according to the announcement.
The new drives will be part of the OCZ Deneva product line, and will use SandForce's
second-generation SF-2500 and SF-2600 SSD
processors, OCZ said.
"Together we will be able to offer our enterprise clients a very robust
line of ultra-reliable 6Gb/s SSDs in a variety of interfaces ranging from SATA
to SAS within our customizable Deneva Series," said Alex Mei, chief
marketing officer at OCZ Technology in a statement.
Based on SandForce's SF-1500 and SF-1200 series, the new SF-2000 SSD
processor family has 6G-bps
SATA III interface support, a more powerful encryption engine, and support for
more flash memory types. The SandForce SF-2000 SSD
processors also offer SAS-bridge support for non-512 byte sectors, enhanced error-correcting
code (ECC) and BCH
capabilities, and new power/performance throttling technology for
"green" environments, SandForce said.
Performance for the SF-2500/2600-based drives will depend on the interface,
with speeds as high as 500MB per second transfer rates and 60,000 random 4KB write
I/O operations per second (IOPS), OCZ said.
on Oct. 7 as well.
The new OCZ Deneva solid state drives will support various interfaces,
including SATA 6Gbps, SAS, PCIe and OCZ's proprietary high-speed data link that
eliminates I/O bottlenecks. The drives will use one of the supported NAND flash
memory components, whether that's a 3X-2Xnm single-level cell (SLC),
multi-level cell (MLC) or enterprise-multi-level cell (eMLC).
The Deneva Series drives are customizable, providing customers with drives
that fit the organization's specific needs while using low-cost flash
components to ensure "maximum compatibility, performance and total cost of
ownership," the company said.
The customizable-drives family will be available in several form factors,
including 1.8-inch, 3.5-inch and custom sizes. Customers can specify the
factory-test requirements for the solid state drives and request tailored
firmware and functionality. The Deneva family also supports locked
specifications, OCZ said.
"It is really interesting to watch the march to higher-density and
lower-priced SSDs and the effect that is going to have on the mobile
space," said Al Hilwa, the program director of IDC's
Applications Development Software group. "Many of these things will end up
in phone- and tablet-like devices, where in a couple of years, on-board storage
will rival notebook storage of today," he said.
These new offerings solidify OCZ's partnership with SandForce. SandForce's
controllers are currently used in OCZ's Vertex
and Ibis solid state drives, both announced within the past two weeks.
OCZ used to rely on Indilinx's Amigos chips, but when unveiling Vertex 2 late
last month, OCZ announced that it will be shifting to SandForce chips.
offer superior speed, durability and power efficiency over
traditional hard drives, and companies are switching from hard disc drives to
solid state to take advantage of those benefits. In a rugged environment, such
as the warehouse floor, or for mobile users, solid state drives tend to last
longer and have fewer data-loss issues.