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Monday, 09 August 2010 09:14

OCZ to demonstrate HSDL interface at Flash Memory Summit 2010

Written by Jon Worrel

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Up to 2.50GB/s transfer rates for HSDL-based SSDs

At this year’s Flash Memory Summit from August 17th to 19th, OCZ has announced plans to showcase upcoming solid state drives based on the new High Speed Data Link (HSDL) 2.50GB/s interface as well as its “best in show” RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD solutions with an affordable price to performance lineup.

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The conference, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, is a power packed 3-day event covering the latest topics in flash memory concerning enterprise and consumer applications, embedded applications, market trends, security standards, mobile systems, hybrid drives and much more. OCZ will be demonstrating the breakthrough High Speed Data Link interface on an IBIS 3.5-inch HSDL SSD, which the company claims was developed to completely remove the SATA bottleneck present in modern Intel and AMD platforms. The company expects the new interface standard to be adopted by enthusiast consumers, enterprise datacenters and HPC cloud computing environments.

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OCZ prototype HSDL based PCI-Express SSD

The company also wants to emphasize the affordable price to performance ratio recently introduced with its RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD lineup on June 29, 2010. As a stopgap solution to the HSDL-powered PCI-Express interface, OCZ’s standard PCI-Express based SSDs offer throughput up to 540MB/s reads, 530MB/s writes, and random small file writes up to 80,000 IOPS, or nearly twice the speed of typical SATA-based SSDs. The RevoDrive’s controller uses proprietary RAID0 logic to stripe the NAND flash modules on the PCB for maximum data throughput with costs as low as $3 per gigabite, all for the system requirement of a single PCI-E x4/x16 motherboard slot.

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OCZ RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD

Summit Chairman Tom Coughlin explained that in 2010, the usual seasonal decline in demand for flash memory did not occur as expected. Instead, "the industry [is now] fully embracing flash in many applications besides the consumer products (such as iPads, iPods, mobile phones, and digital cameras) that are often given as Christmas presents. Supply is having a hard time keeping up with demand for this extremely useful storage technology.” He continued by saying that the Flash Memory Summit would encompass the opinions of many leading experts as they address a wide range of flash memory technology topics, including the economics of production and the entrance of flash memory into new job fields, research projects and real world applications.

OCZ also plans to showcase its enterprise grade SSDs during the event in both SATA and PCI-Express interfaces. The company will demonstrate performance benchmarks of the Intrepid and Deneva 2.5-inch SATA II lineups with SLC and MLC NAND flash, as well as the Z-Drive PCI-Express x8 series with MLC NAND flash.

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OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD and Intrepid enterprise grade SSD

“OCZ is committed to the continued innovation and development of flash solid state drives for the enterprise and consumer markets,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “The upcoming Flash Memory Summit is the ideal platform for us to demonstrate our latest cutting edge solutions including ultra-fast new interfaces (HSDL) for high performance bootable PCI-Express SSDs, as well as to engage with new clients and partners.”

For Flash Memory Summit 2010 conference participants interested in OCZ products, the company is hosting at exhibition booth number 415, located on the right hand side of Hall A at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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+4 #1 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-09 12:24
I knew someone would come with the stripped SATA idea. Nice work OCZ! Basically it's a parallel-serial interface and considering that RAID0 isn't limited to 4 stripes only, it could very well be scaled to surpass LP.

Oh... and there goes LightPeak!
 
 
0 #2 blandead 2010-08-12 06:18
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
I knew someone would come with the stripped SATA idea. Nice work OCZ! Basically it's a parallel-serial interface and considering that RAID0 isn't limited to 4 stripes only, it could very well be scaled to surpass LP.

Oh... and there goes LightPeak!


?? all they demonstrated was the MLC NAND striping the flash memory on a PCIe interface. There are similar SSD's with built in Raid 0 just on SATA instead of PCIe. It was bound to happen sooner or later. If this reduces the price/gb and increases speed well kudos to OCZ! for doing it first.
 

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