LSI today announced the release of its PCI Express based SSD to OEMs, a move that could signal the advent of the fastest SSD currently available in the market. LSI has been working on this SSD with a PCI Express interface for some months now and reports suggest that its boasts of 1,500MB/sec sustained sequential I/O speeds.
SSDs are quickly growing in popularity on account of their exceptionally high read and write speeds compared to traditional hard disc drives. Most SSDs come with a SATA interface, which allows them to deliver speeds of up to 250MB/sec read and write.
However, drives that carry a PCI Express interface can go much beyond SATA based drives in terms of speed and storage capacity. LSI has managed to develop such a PCI Express interface based drive that is capable of delivering sustained sequential I/O speeds of 1,500MB/sec and sustained random I/O speeds of 1,200MB/sec. These speeds are attained by the drive regardless of the read/write mix.
Dubbed the LSISSS6200 PCIe SSS (solid state storage) solution, the new device is aimed at enterprise servers, which call for ultra-fast data access. In addition to extremely fast data transfers, the drive also has a low latency and does not hog CPU resources even when running at extremely high sequential and random IOPS.
The LSISSS6200 PCIe SSS comes with 300GB of storage capacity and draws its power from the PCIe slot. An impressive aspect of the device is that it does not require any special driver support and is already compatible with all major operating systems currently available.
“The new LSISSS6200 card utilizes the industry's most widely deployed software stack to deliver an enterprise-capable, drop-in storage solution,” said LSI’s senior director of marketing for Storage Components, Steve Fingerhut. “Providing customers with a new tier of storage between system memory and low-cost disk drives, without sacrificing reliability or simplicity, PCIe-based SSS solutions represent the next evolution in storage architectures for market segments requiring extreme performance.”
At the moment, the SSS drive has only been released to OEMs and there is no information available on when it will hit the retail market.
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