OCZ "Octane" is First 2.5-inch SSD Line to Scale to 1TB

Need a 1TB solid state drive? OCZ Technology's new Octane line might be just what you're looking for. These new drives will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, the latter of which is the first 2.5-inch SSD in the world to offer such a copious amount of storage.

OCZ is making use of its Indilinx acquisition and has outfitted these drives with the Indilinx Everest controller.

"OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller technology in the major league."

"Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."

Read and write speeds on the SATA 6Gbps version can get up to 560MB/s and 400MB/s, respectively, along with 45,000 random read 4K IOPS. There's also a SATA 3Gbps variant -- Octane-S2 -- that's rated at up to 275MB/s read and 265MB/s speeds with 30,000 random read 4K IOPS. Both variants come with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance technology, which is supposed to increase the lifespan of the NAND flash memory. AES encryption is supported too.

Look for these drives to ship on November 1, 2011. No word yet on price.