Here's something that's not so uncommon any more: a solid state drive.
SSDs are everywhere, and they're growing in popularity. But most of them
are of the 2.5" variety, with very few being offered in the 3.5"
(desktop) and 1.8" (portable media player) form factors. But OCZ
Technology isn't one to sit around while some other company takes
advantage of a market opportunity, at least not judging by their latest
In an effort to respond to the proliferation of mobile computing for
personal, business and educational needs, OCZ has introduced new 1.8"
SSDs for "mobile system upgrades." What we're hoping for here is that
these 1.8" SSDs eventually see greater use in portable media devices,
much like the iPad
. Tablet PCs and music players are perfect for
inserting a 1.8" SSD into, as they're generally traveled with and could
use the durability.
The new drives include the 1.8" Vertex 2 (which delivers the same
performance as the 2.5” version in a smaller form factor for customers
looking to achieve maximum performance on the go) and the 1.8" Onyx,
which is designed for consumers looking for a quality SSD that is
aggressively priced and is ideal for netbooks. The Vertex 2 SSD
is driven by
a SandForce controller and offers up to 50,000 IOPS with transfer rates
up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write. It's available in sizes of 60GB,
120GB and 240GB, so size certainly isn't an issue.
The Onyx 1.8" is available in 32GB and 64GB versions, with the ability
to deliver speeds up to 145MB/s; it has 64MB of cache and uses just 1
watt of power even during intense read/write sessions. Both units are
available today and interface with SATA 3Gbps, and there's also TRIM
support for Windows 7 systems.
OCZ Technology Announces New 1.8 Inch SSDs for Mobile System Upgrades
Responding to the Proliferation of Mobile Computing for Personal, Business, and Educational Needs, OCZ’s Small Form Factor 1.8 inch SSDs are Perfect for Ultra-Thin Notebooks, Netbooks, Nettops, and Tablet PCs
SAN JOSE, CA—June 17, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, launches 1.8 inch Solid State Drives (SSD) to offer a storage upgrade for the thin and light market. With a smaller footprint, OCZ 1.8 inch drives still deliver the reliability and performance demanded by high-end enthusiasts.
“Solid State Drives provide numerous benefits to mobile users including improved performance and reliability as well as lower power consumption versus traditional hard drives,” said Alex Mei, CMO of the OCZ Technology Group. “We are now introducing two new drives that are designed to cater to the entire range of mobile applications including the Vertex2 1.8” which delivers the same performance as our popular 2.5” version in a smaller form factor for customers looking to achieve maximum performance on the go, and the new Onyx 1.8” which is designed for consumers looking for a quality SSD that is aggressively priced and is ideal for Netbooks.”
Engineered for maximum productivity, the OCZ 1.8” Vertex 2 delivers the same performance as the 2.5 inch edition, yet accommodates a wider range of mobile applications and devices. Driven by SandForce, 1.8” Vertex 2 SSDs excel in 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPS and features transfer rates up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write. Available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB, it offers high capacity options for unparalleled storage space.
OCZ 1.8” Onyx SSDs deliver the benefits of solid state storage at an aggressive price point for mainstream consumers looking to increase the performance and lifespan of their existing platforms. In 32GB and 64GB capacities, the Onyx makes use of a quality Indilinx controller to deliver speeds up to 145MB/s, 64MB of cache, and only one watt of power consumption even during intensive computing.
Both OCZ’s 1.8” SSDs feature a durable yet lightweight alloy housing and no moving parts, making the drives more rugged and power efficient than traditional spinning hard drive discs. Available in a range of capacities to suit various needs, OCZ 1.8” SSDs are built with SATA 3Gb/s to easily integrate into today’s mobile platforms and feature TRIM support for Windows 7 systems.