CES 2010 CoverageBosco - January 6, 2010
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This year, the Super Talent booth had some incredible new devices on display, including a USB 3.0 RAIDDrive and PCIe RAIDDrive SSD. They also showcased several of their more traditional flash memory devices, which are also pretty neat.
The USB RAIDDrive is a really cool device that is shaped similarly to a standard USB drive, but a little larger than normal. It is fully compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 so if you have a USB 3.0 interface, it will really scream. The slightly larger size at first sounds like an inconvenience but is quickly forgotten when you see the size in which these things come in, from 32GB to 128GB. The device runs in a RAID 0 configuration to get even faster speeds, up to 320MB/sec.
The PCIe RAIDDrive SSDs are also really cool. They are designed to remove the bandwidth limitations that are present on the SATA bus by using the PCIe bus, making the drives three to five times faster. It also utilizes either RAID 0 or 5, providing burst read speeds of up to 1.4GB/sec. The RAIDDrive will ship in three different versions, ES, WS, and GS. The ES drive is for Enterprise Servers and is targeted towards intensive applications and comes with a battery backup to prevent data loss. The WS version is for Workstations and is mostly aimed at people doing video rendering and scientific computing. The final version is their low cost option, using MLC flash chips to lower price while not harming performance too much. It will be interesting to see how these are adopted in the market.
Super Talent is still producing SATA SSDs too, and they were showing off their UltraDrive line this year at CES. These drives come in several different formats, including an enterprise edition, performance edition, and a security/military edition that has optional 256-bit encryption. These all come in a 2.5" form factor and are resistant to shock, vibration, and dust.
Another SSD that Super Talent is showing off is the MasterDrive line. These drives are intended to bring SSDs to a wider audience and they come in 2.5" SATA and 1.8" uSATA. Capacity of the MasterDrives is up to 256GB.
There are still more SSDs from Super Talent, including the DuraDrive line. These are very durable and some have an incredible temperature operating range (-40 to 85 degrees Centigrade). These should be great for military applications or for industries that operate in harsh conditions.
As would be expected, Super Talent also had a lot of traditional flash based memory, including their newest Pico drives and drives with a custom rubber design. They also showed off their SDHC line and MicroSDHC line, both of which come in capacities up to 32GB. It's pretty amazing how much storage they can fit into such a small piece of equipment.
Finally, Super Talent had out several ram modules, the most exciting of which was their overclocking memory. With speeds up to 2200MHz, the Speed Series DDR3 memory screams along with timings as low as 8-8-8-24. The Performance Series is designed for best performance with a Core i7 CPU, even the heatsinks are chrome plated. The Performance Series is available in DDR3-1600, DDR3-1800, and DDR3-2000. Finally, the Gold Series DDR3 is available, which appears to be similar to the Performance series, but with lower clock speeds.