Zalman to enter SSD market

November 3, 2010 // 3:51 p.m.

Tags: #jmicron #sandforce #solid-state #solid-state-storage #ssd #zalman #zalman-n-series #zalman-ssd #zalman-s-series

Zalman, a company more commonly associated with cooling systems and power supplies, has confirmed its intentions to enter the increasingly crowded SSD market with two new product ranges: the Zalman S Series and N Series.

The S Series is reported by Tom's Hardware to be Zalman's consumer-grade SSD entry, based on a 2.5in SATA form factor and featuring a smart brushed aluminium housing. At launch, three capacities will be available - a base 32GB model, a mid-range 64GB, and a 128GB premium version - with full support for TRIM and AHCI.

The company has stated that the S Series will be based around JMicron controllers, and offer up to 260MB/s sequential read speeds while write speeds will vary from 60MB/s to 210MB/s depending on the model chosen.

The N Series, in contrast, is Zalman's no-holds-barred premium line of SSDs. Based around the popular SandForce controller series, the 64GB and 128GB drives will offer sequential write speeds of up to 270MB/s and read speeds of up to 280MB/s, while retaining the TRIM and AHCI support from the slower S Series drives.

Sadly, Zalman has yet to provide a time scale for launch, although it's thought to aiming to get the drives out of the door before the end of the year.

Prices are said to start at $100 for the 32GB S Series and rise to $290 for the 128GB N Series. UK pricing has not yet been confirmed.

Are you pleased to see Zalman sticking its oar into the SSD waters, or just disappointed with the cramped sizes on offer at launch? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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