Thursday, June 2, 2011

Single SandForce driven SSDs first to proclaim maximum Windows experience index storage score

COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011, TAIPEI, TAIWAN: SandForce Inc., the innovator of Solid State Drive (SSD) processors that drive ubiquitous deployment of volume flash memory into primary and I/O intensive data storage applications, today announced that single SSDs based on the SF-2000 SSD Processor and advanced 25nm multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory achieve the highest possible Microsoft Windows Experience Index (WEI) score of 7.9 for the disk data transfer rate.

Microsoft provides the WEI to enable end users to easily identify their system’s capabilities when considering running high-performance applications with the best user experience. Today a single SF-2000-based SandForce Driven™ SSD eliminates storage access bottlenecks and future-proofs the system for optimally running current and next generation, data throughput-intensive applications.

The SF-2000 processors feature a 6 Gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) SATA host interface, an unprecedented sustained sequential read/write performance of up to 500 Megabytes per second (MB/s), award-winning DuraClass™ Technology, and state-of-the-art, high-speed ONFi2 and Toggle flash interfaces supporting single-level cell (SLC) and MLC NAND flash families from all major suppliers.

“SandForce SSD Processors optimize the entire Microsoft Windows computing experience with incredible boot and program loading times while enhancing systems responsiveness under virtually all workloads when compared to traditional spinning media as well as other SSD solutions,” said Sumit Puri, senior director of Strategic Marketing for SandForce.

“Our innovative DuraClass technology is uniquely positioned to optimize data transfers between increasingly faster, multi-core processors and the SSD storage media, providing the highest system-level performance and longest endurance with standard NAND flash memory.”

Nine SandForce Driven program members are displaying their latest SF-2000 SSD Processor-based drives at the Computex tradeshow & exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, this week, including Kingston Technology, which became the 30th program member, further illustrating the popularity of the SandForce SSD Processors in this hyper-growth market. Other SandForce Driven program members demonstrating SF-2000-based solutions at Computex include ADATA, G Skill, OCZ, Patriot Memory, Silicon Power, Super Talent, TeamGroup, and Trend Link.

“Kingston HyperX is the leader in enthusiast-class performance DRAM solutions. Our loyal followers have been asking us for a Kingston SSD that performs in this same realm," said Ariel Perez, SSD Business Manager at Kingston. "Thanks to the SandForce SF-2000 Series processors, we can now say that we have a best-in-breed solid-state drive that deserves and fully lives up to the HyperX name.”

Eurocom, the first system level manufacturer to join the SandForce Driven program, produces cutting edge desktop replacement mobile server and workstation computing solutions, with many configurations offering up to four SandForce Driven SSDs, providing monumental overall performance. Their solutions demand the highest possible storage I/O and throughput available on the market today.

“Our mission critical Mobile Workstations and Mobile Servers will be vastly improved with the addition of SF-2000 series SSDs, with up to 4 drives in RAID 0/1/5/10 configurations,” said Braden Taylor, Marketing Manager for Eurocom. “We expect our engineers to max out the WEI benchmarks in our systems with the new SF-2000 driven SSDs. Since the WEI is limited by the lowest score we expect to get very close to a perfect 7.9 for all categories including storage. The results will be published on soon.”

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