It looks like we have a new contender for the world’s fastest SSD as HGST just unveiled its new PCM solid state drive at the Flash Summit event in California. The new drive uses a completely brand new architecture when compared to current commercial models.
The SSD uses a PCIe interface, which allows it to deliver three million random read I/O’s per second at 512MB each. The random read latency comes in at just 1.5 micro-seconds, which is low by anyone’s standards.
HGST CEO, Steve Campbell said:
“The PCM SSD demonstration is a great example for how HGST sets the pace of the rapidly evolving storage industry. This technology is the result of several years of research and advanced development aimed at delivering new levels of acceleration for enterprise applications. The combination of HGST’s low-latency interface protocol and next generation non-volatile memories delivers unprecedented performance, and creates exciting opportunities for new software and system architectures.”
Alongside the SSD, HGST revealed a new range of PCIe accelerators under the FlashMAX III brand. These accelerators are capable of 540,000 random read IOPS and will be compatible with both Windows Server and Linux based systems.
There is no pricing or availability information yet but the new FlashMAX III range is expected to launch before October.
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KitGuru Says: It’s always good to see advancements being made in the SSD space, although it’s still going to be a while before we see traditional Hard Drives phased out. How many of you guys use an SSD in your system?
Source: The Inquirer