Plextor Ships Their First SSD Line: 64GB And 128GB Versions Available

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It's beginning to feel like a new solid state drive is being introduced each week now, and recently, every day. Plextor is best known for their optical storage products, primarily optical drives and optical media. But with the SSD market exploding, the company has decided to shuffle their priorities somewhat and join the fun.

Plextor's very first line of SSDs are now available in 64GB and 128GB sizes, with the PX-64M1S (64GB) and the PX-128M1S (128GB) using NAND memory and Marvell controller chipsets. Both drives use the 2.5" form factor, which means that both are suitable for replacing your aging notebook hard drive. The PX-64M1S delivers up to 110MB/s sequential read, 65MB/s in sequential write, and up to 4,200 random read IOPS and 1,200 random write IOPS. The PX-128M1S delivers up to 130MB/s sequential read, 70MB/s sequential write, and up to 4,300 random read IOPS and 1,800random write IOPS.

The 64GB version is on sale for $225, while the 128GB version will sell for $400.

Plextor's First Line of Solid-StateDrives (SSDs) Now Available

New SSDs now available in 64GB and128GB

(Fremont, CA - March 1,2010) - Plextor LLC (www.plextor.com),aleading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digitalmedia equipment, announces the availability of its first line ofsolid-state drives(SSDs) - the PX-64M1S (64GB) and the PX-128M1S(128GB).

Plextor'sfirst generationof SSDs use non-volatile NAND Flash memory as thestorage medium. UtilizingMarvell controller chipsets, the new SSDsdeliver faster speeds for systemboot-up, application launch and filetransfer, lower power consumption and longer battery life, among otherbenefits.

"We're excitedto leverage Plextor's expertise in optical storage and enter theSSDmarket as it continues to grow," said Esteban Kim, Director of NewBusiness Development at PLDS. "PCMark, SYSmark and HD Benchmark industryutility testsscored Plextor SSDs high and we're proud to have the newlineup available to our customers."

Boththe PX-64M1S and the PX-128M1S feature2.5" small form factor and anintegrated SATA II interface for better performance and versatility.Each is also bundled with Acronis True Image software to provide userswith a full set of advanced features for backup and recovery needs.

ThePX-64M1S delivers up to 110MB/s sequential read, 65MB/s in sequentialwrite, and up to 4,200 random read IOPS and 1,200 random write IOPS. ThePX-128M1S delivers up to 130MB/s sequential read, 70MB/s sequentialwrite, and up to 4,300 random read IOPS and 1,800 random write IOPS.Both drives offer low power consumption, as well as highshock andvibration resistance. They also come equipped with Plextor's uniqueWearLeveling algorithm to maintain reliability over an extended periodofusage and S.M.A.R.T (Self Monitoring, Analysis and ReportingTechnology) to analyze and report errors. 

PlextorSSDs are availablenow, with MSRP around $225 for 64GB and $400 for128GB.  For moreinformation on Plextor SSD and other products, pleasevisit www.plextor.com

AboutPlextor

PlextorLLCis a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digitalmediaequipment for professionals, consumers and enterprises. In 1990,Plextorestablished a U.S. operation in Silicon Valley with dedicatedsales force forserving North and South America. Since then, the Plextorbrand has beencontinually recognized as high-quality product, receivingnumerous awards forits optical drives.  Plextor will continue todeliver generations ofaward-winning products, including CD-R/RW,DVD±R/RW, & Blu-ray optical diskdrives, digital video convertersand multimedia products.  The Plextorbrand of optical disc drives and multimedia products are owned by ShinanoKenshi in Japan.

 


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Zestia replied on Mon, Mar 1 2010 11:28 AM

It will be interesting to see how many new SSDs are launched to market by companies that have not traditionally competed in the storage sector. I think it's great that Plextor is wetting its feet here, especially if their SSDs benefit from the same quality protocols that their optical drives are subject to. So welcome Plextor and hopefully many others too.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 1 2010 12:05 PM

I agree Zestia on the Plextor coming to market, and on all the points you make about it. I also like to see more players in the market. The more competition the faster it becomes more of a norm, and the faster the prices go down as well.

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Yep SSDs are coming around pretty fast now, by the end of the year all computers should have SSD's and HDDs are a pass :D

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 2 2010 12:02 AM

I don't know Inspector right now I don't see mechanical HDD's going anywhere. The thing is at the greatest size I have seen (200GB) especially at almost 1000 dollars, mechanical HD's are still here for a good while. Where I can see these at boot drives, and even as application drives, I do not see them as realistic solo drives or anywhere near it yet. I can see a minimal point in corporate, and that being for time sensitive data. But they are not secure enough to use for backup, and are also to small. You can grab a 2Tb drive for under 200 bucks, to get to a 2 Tb cap on these would cost roughly 8 grand. a ten times price premium and or 400% markup is not buying any general customers for sure.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 2 2010 12:07 AM

I am however sure this will all change as all new components do over a little time, and these are improving monthly price Vs. cap, and the cap keeps rising as well. As technology generally seems to move faster by the month if not the quarter now. The wait for these as more than a special drive won't be long to the regular market I don't think.

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realneil replied on Tue, Mar 2 2010 10:15 AM

Whatever it takes to bring the prices of SSD performance down out of the Stratosphere is fine by me. Many of us await lower prices with baited breath.

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