Plextor adds the M2 Series solid-state data storage drives based on Marvell controllers for fast speeds and durability to its SSD portfolio eleven months after launching its first M1 series.
Plextor is introducing a new line of solid state storage drives
that promises speed and performance.
The M2 will be available in three capacities, including the
64GB, 128GB and 256GB. At 2.5 inches, The M2 is the same as its M1 series, the
company's first SSD line launched almost exactly a year ago. The M1 series came
in 64GB and 128GB capacities and offered 130M bps sequential read and 70M bps
sequential write speeds. The M2 is significantly faster and more powerful than
Based on a Marvell 88SS9174 controller, the Plextor M2 supports
the SATA 6G bps interface and promises high transfer speeds. The 64GB model's
performance is up to 370M bps read and 110M bps write, while the 120GB model is
capable of up to 420M bps read and 210M bps write speeds, according to the
specifications. The 256GB has performance speeds up to 480M bps read and 330M bps
write, making it "one of fastest SSDs available on the market," the company
The M2 has 128MB DDR3 cache buffer, which improves the
drive's response time, durability and overall performance, according to the
"The M2 Series SSD is ideal for any demanding gamer, system
integrator or user who demands dependability but won't sacrifice speed," said
Kathy Huynh, product marketing of Plextor. 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.
Plextor is The M2 SSD is one of the first drives on the
market using the Marvell 88SS9174 controller. The timing can work in Plextor's
favor as demand soars for mobile devices and other flash-based products. While
a number of drive manufacturers, such as OCZ Technology, are using SandForce's
controllers, Marvell's processors seem to support
high performance and blazingly fast speeds.
SandForce reported a milestone Feb. 14 in that it has
shipped more than 1
million of its SF-1500 and SF-1200
SSD processors since they went into
production in 2010. In addition, SandForce's 27 manufacturers shipped more than
100 petabytes of NAND flash into mainstream computing markets in 2010, the
Plextor is shipping its Instant Restore technology and
Dynamic Wear Leveling algorithm with the drives. The drives also have Windows 7
TRIM command support, the company said. With these tools, the SSD manages its
memory efficiently to keep performance consistent instead of degrading over
prolonged usage. Plextor also bundles the Acronis True Image software to give
users instant tool for easy disk cloning and backup.
The M2 series is currently shipping in North America and the
M2S series will be available in Europe by March. The pricing ranges from $180
for the smallest size to $700 for the largest.
Plextor's North American site is back online and had its problems
resolved since it was hit by hackers earlier this week. A digital vandal going
under the name "ViciOuS" defaced the company's Website on Feb. 14 with a
message, "Hacked by ViciOuS," and a link to a hacker-oriented Website. The
European and Asian Websites were not affected.
The company declined to comment on the hack or the timing of