OCZ to Deliver SandForce-based Solid State Drive Solutions

OCZ to Deliver SandForce-based Solid State Drive Solutions

OCZ Technology to Deliver SandForce-based Solid State Drive Solutions for both Enterprise and Consumer Applications

San Jose, Calif. - November 10, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced its collaboration with SandForce on OCZ’s next generation of mainstream and enterprise solid state drives (SSDs). Based on the highly-anticipated SandForce SSD Processor family, OCZ’s new line of SSDs will be the pinnacle of storage options designed to optimize complex IT infrastructures as well as the computing experiences of everyday consumers.

To accommodate a wide range of consumer and enterprise storage applications, OCZ’s impending solutions will feature various configurations of SandForce’s innovative SF-1500 and SF-1200 SSD Processors and multi-level cell (MLC) and single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory, all with the objective of providing best-in-class storage with exceptional performance, reliability, endurance, and power efficiency. The SandForce-based SSD line will be available in multiple interfaces including 3Gb/s SATA and 6Gb/s SAS in capacities ranging from 50GB to 400GB, addressing an assortment of storage and infrastructure requirements.

“OCZ is committed to delivering SSD solutions to our enterprise clients and also has a strong following for our consumer solid state products; partnering with SandForce enables us to offer an even more robust offering to both these markets,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. “Together with SandForce we are focused on making enterprise-class MLC-based SSDs which offer excellent reliability and performance coupled with superior total cost of ownership for all our customers.”

“OCZ has a proven track record in the design and manufacture of solid state drives and is in a distinctive position to deliver SSDs to both the enterprise and consumer space,” said Thad Omura, VP of Marketing at SandForce. “SandForce SSD Processors reliably enable the usage of low cost, MLC-based SSDs in volume, mainstream enterprise applications.”

The OCZ Technology Group aims to take storage to the next level with SandForce SSD Processors, further increasing the advantages of SSDs over traditional hard disc drives for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), enterprise clients, and enthusiast consumers who place a premium on performance, total cost of ownership (TCO), and efficiency. Product announcements will be made in the next few weeks leading up to the 2010 International CES show.

About OCZ Technology
OCZ Technology Group, a member of JEDEC, designs, develops, and manufactures ground-breaking, high performance memory and premium computer components, including solid state drives and computer power supplies. OCZ products are the first choice for enterprise and consumers needing high-reliability, premium-grade solutions. OCZ’s continually invests in R&D to continuously push the limits of performance, speed, and value for consumers, system integrators, and OEM clients. For more information visit our website at www.ocztechnology.com.

About SandForce
SandForce is transforming data storage by pioneering the use of commodity Flash memory in enterprise and client computing applications with its innovative SSD (Solid State Drive) Processors. By delivering unprecedented reliability, performance, and energy efficiency, SSDs based on patent-pending SandForce DuraClass technology unleash the full potential for mass-market adoption of SSDs using NAND Flash memory. Founded in 2006, SandForce is funded by leading venture capital investors and first tier storage companies. For more information, visit SandForce at www.sandforce.com.

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I'm still waiting for one of these companies CEO's to fall on his/her head and offer this type of drive at a reasonable price.

I'll try not to hold my breath,..............

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lol.... me to realneil, I am also glad to see you stuck around, as it does not always happen when someone joins us during a contest.

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But it's not like they're keeping the prices artificially high. Technology just hasn't caught up to offer these drives at the sub-$100 price point for the 128GB version. I mean that's what I'm assuming...

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Hey; I also wanted to ask something related to SSD's and the part of the market. From what I was reading in the last Intel update specific to SSD technology there is a specific limitation at 22nm or lower. This limitation is basically that it is pointless to go any smaller than that, because the limitations from 22nm down are all but process killing. This makes that size the end to the furthering or further development of ssd's in general. This is also the reason Intel says they are working on new memory technologies.

So if thats the end of the current and specific Technology implementation, and it is only 10nm smaller than current technology where is it going? From the way it sounds to me in a very short time, and especially in the current world of hardware at the speed it currently moves SSD will have no future advantage past that size. Therefore the technology will never mature, or really get much better in any price fluctuation, because the development can go no further.

This is what I am assuming from what I have read, and with that reading being in a white paper from Intel, would also seem about as concrete as it can get.

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even if there is not performance gain, there will still be the advantage of the small size. They will be able to fit more chips on a single board. On top of that, they can always experiment with things like an internal 4 way RAID 0 or even the possibility of each chip on board acting as a single drive as a part of a whole RAID. The transfer speeds would be enormous and only limited by the bus. This kind of technology already exists in some SSDs altho it's more like a 2 way RAID 0 in a single drive.

On top of that, you can take multiple drives and put them in a RAID 0 yourself. They scale pretty good! My 2 Vertex's had a transfer speed of over 400MB/s when I first installed them. I've been wanting to add a 3rd one to the RAID and upgrade to Win7 :-P

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