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SandForce launches first SSD range

SandForce launches first SSD range

The SF-1000 range of devices from SandForce include a neat new controller which claims to bring SLC-style performance to cheaper MLC memory.

The competition in the solid-state disk market is hotting up with newcomer SandForce announcing a range of MLC-based SSDs that promise to bring SLC performance at a greatly reduced price.

As reported over on GadgetMix, the company is looking to get users into SSD storage in a major way with its new SF-1000 range of devices. Coupling cheap multi-layer cell flash memory with a neat new controller – which the company is calling Duraclass – SandForce believes that it has “[addressed] the inherent endurance, reliability, and data retention issues associated with NAND flash memory, making it possible to build SSDs that deliver unprecedented performance over the life of the drive.

Running on a 3Gb/s SATA interface and available in sizes of up to 512GB, the SF-1000 drives have a claimed performance of 30,000 IOPS based on random 4K transfers alongside an impressive 250MB/s based on 128KB sequential reads or writes. SandForce is so certain that the new technologies it has built into the Duraclass controller – which include DuraWrite to increase the endurance factor of the NAND flash memory by eighty times when compared to standard controllers along with neat wear levelling and monitoring algorithms – will keep things ticking along it's guaranteeing a five-year lifespan “without artificial daily usage restrictions or costly over-provisioning techniques.

The SF-1000 range – which includes devices aimed at enterprise use along with units for notebook and netbook systems – is likely to be available in the second quarter of this year.

Do you think that SandForce's smart new controller could switch people back to the far cheaper multi-layer cell technology rather than the popular – but expensive – single-layer cell memory, or are the problems with cheap SSD storage too deeply ingrained to be fixed with some clever wear levelling algorithms? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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C-Sniper 14th April 2009, 15:05 Quote
Cool Idea but unless this works as promised I think that this will be a flop.
Zurechial 14th April 2009, 15:21 Quote
All the technological innovation coming from the competition in the SSD market is great, but until that competition starts really hammering the prices down I'll still class SSDs up there with SLI and Raptors - too expensive for the benefits gleaned.
When the prices DO finally come down it'll be glorious, though.
oasked 14th April 2009, 15:38 Quote
Lets wait and see I guess, the more competition the better - I'm looking forward to buying a nice large affordable SSD in a couple of years without any speed degredation problems. :)
Farting Bob 14th April 2009, 16:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
All the technological innovation coming from the competition in the SSD market is great, but until that competition starts really hammering the prices down I'll still class SSDs up there with SLI and Raptors - too expensive for the benefits gleaned.
When the prices DO finally come down it'll be glorious, though.
Prices have been dropping rapidly for the last year or so, its just that they started so high its still going to take a while before most people would consider using one in their system, and probably a few years before large numbers of people replace all their HDD's with SSD's.
Skiddywinks 14th April 2009, 20:07 Quote
What is it with companies sending out press releases boasting cheaper than the rival products, only to not mention any prices at all?!
docodine 14th April 2009, 22:26 Quote
I doubt that they'll be able to increase the lifespan of MLC drives just with a new controller, I'll wait till SLC gets cheaper.

Can someone tell me what's wrong with this drive to make it so cheap?

(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148185)

64gb, SLC and under $200..
ChuckyP83 14th April 2009, 22:36 Quote
I liken the SLC vs MLC debate to 10k vs. 7k HDDs. To certain markets the differences DO indeed make a difference. But to the average user there isn't a whole lot of tangible benefit. And the performance to price ratio (as far as the average or power user (not corporate)) will soon come to favor MLC once the technology is mature enough.
DeX 14th April 2009, 22:42 Quote
It was interesting reading the details of the controller's magic in this article: http://digg.com/d1obHO but I'd really like to see this one in bit-tech's labs to see if it's really all it's cracked up to be.
MajestiX 15th April 2009, 04:05 Quote
see how the announcement came after intel addressed the wearing issue with the new firmware?

conspiracy alert!
wafflesomd 15th April 2009, 06:16 Quote
Sandforce is a terrible name.
WildThing 15th April 2009, 13:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Sandforce is a terrible name.

So true, lol :(.
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