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Heinz68
08-09-08, 08:04 PM
The drives are expected to arrive in Q4, 2008 under the Lexar brand.
I just wish the SSD become more mainstream and affordable.
Micron announces superfast SSDs - 250MB/s!
Written by Andreas G 08 August 2008 21:52

Micron is a close partner to Intel and the two have been working hard on perfecting the Solid State Drive technology. Now that Micron announces its next generation of SSDs it does it in grand style. The new RealSSD famiy contains two series, RealSSD P200 for servers and businesses, while RealSSD C200 is for the retail market. The difference between the two is that RealSSD P200 uses Single-Level Cell (SLC) NAND technology while RealSSD C200 uses the much cheaper Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND technology. Something that shows from the specifications, and most likely the price.

RealSSD P200 is the real killer with a sequential read and write speed of a whopping 250MB/s (!), which makes it the fastest SSD yet. It uses the 2.5" formfactor and will be available in capacities between 16GB to 128GB. Impressive, but most likely also very expensive.

The retail version of RealSSD, dubbed C200, will be available both 1.8" and 2.5" models, and thanks to the MLC NAND technology there will be models with up to 256GB capacity, of the 2.5" format. The smaller 1.8" devices will have capacities between 32GB and 128GB. Through the 3Gb/s SATA interface Micron has been able to produce some quite nice figures for the C200 series. The write speed is specified to respectable 100MB/s, while the read speed is far above the competition at 250MB/s.
Source (http://www.nordichardware.com/news,8012.html)

Xion X2
08-09-08, 08:16 PM
Look at this review with the Mtron SSDs.. you'll like this:

http://www.nextlevelhardware.com/storage/battleship/

CaptNKILL
08-10-08, 07:52 AM
Look at this review with the Mtron SSDs.. you'll like this:

http://www.nextlevelhardware.com/storage/battleship/

DAMN.

I don't think SSD drives are really ready for mainstream usage yet, but the performance is definitely impressive.

At least in RAID...

Heinz68
08-10-08, 08:10 AM
SLC ftw :D
I didn't know much about SLC or MLC, probably I'm not the only one.
So here is what is listed at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-level_cell) about the advantage of SLC compared to MLC.
Single-level cell
Flash memory stores data in individual memory cells, which are made of floating-gate transistors. Traditionally, one bit of data was stored in each cell in so-called single-level cells, or SLC flash memory. SLC memory has the advantage of faster transfer speeds, lower power consumption and higher cell endurance[citation needed]. However, as it stores less data per cell, it costs more per megabyte of storage to manufacture. Due to the faster transfer speeds, SLC flash technology is used in high-performance memory cards.

Multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory stores three or more bits in each cell, with the "multi-level" referring to the multiple levels of electrical charge used to store multiple bits per cell. By storing more bits per cell, multi-level cell memory will achieve lower manufacturing costs, but they have slower transfer speeds, higher power consumption and lower cell endurance than single-level cell memory. MLC flash technology is used mostly in standard memory cards. The multi-bit cell, MBC, is a similar technology to the multi-level cell but stores only two bits per cell.