Super Talent Taps TeraDrive SSD with 2nd Generation SandForce Chip

If you're thinking about picking up a solid state drive to make your system scream, you'd be silly to pull the trigger before SSDs built around next generation controllers start shipping. One of the more anticipated upgrades is from SandForce, whose SF-2000 series chipsets you'll soon find on a number of shipping SSDs, including Super Talent's upcoming TeraDrive CT3.

Sporting SandForce's SF-2200 controller, the upgraded TeraDrive features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and much faster read and write speeds. Super Talent hasn't disclosed exact numbers yet, but from what we know of SandForce's 2nd generation controller, expect to see both hover around the 500MB/s mark, or about double what today's SSDs are capable of.

Look for the new drives to ship in the second quarter of 2011 with pricing yet to be announced.
SuperTalent Unveils New SSD Lineup

DDR NAND drives need for SATA III Interface

San Jose, California - March 3rd, 2011 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today unveiled its next generation TeraDriveTM. Featuring the 2nd generation SandForceTM controllers, a SATA III 6Gbps interface, and the new ONFi Double Data Rate NAND flash, these new drives promise to deliver twice the performance of their predecessors.

At 3 Gbps, the SATA 2 interface posed a bottleneck to existing SSD designs but little performance was to be gained by changing to SATA3. That just changed. As double data rate (DDR) NAND becomes available, SSD performance stands to double overnight. Since the new 2nd generation SandForce controllers support both SATA3 and DDR flash, we are now able to unleash the performance of these new designs.

"It's the convergence of several new technologies that makes this drive possible. The double data rate (DDR) ONFi NAND enables drives to go twice as fast as previous generations but we were already hitting the limit of SATAII. We needed a controller that would support this new flash type and provide the faster SATA3, 6Gbps, bus interface. The SandForce 2200/2500 controllers, enabled us to do both"., CH Lee COO of SuperTalent.

The TeraDrive CT3 is designed for the pro-sumer. Featuring the new SandForce 2200 controller, this drive offers advanced features with a focus on capacity and performance.

The TeraDrive FT3 is designed Enterprise environment. Featuring advanced provisioning, endurance and wear leveling algorithms and SuperCap support the SF-2500 is perfect demanding Enterprise environments.

Available: EQ211