This is rather unexpected:
I've never heard of Link_A_Media.
85,000-90,000 random IOPS is pretty impressive.
No pricing yet.
I don't really care about a 500MB/s transfer rates. 200MB/s is fine as long as it uses less than 1 watt, doesn't produce excess heat, it's reliable and economical. How about a budget 128gb SSD like that for $99?
The significance of this ASIC solution is its mixed signal processing and iterative data recovery technologies that enable hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD) companies to increase storage density and reduce manufacturing costs, with one platform and continue to meet the growing demand for high-performance and low-cost data storage in computing and enterprise storage networking applications.
The hard drive like certainty and predictability in their products. The current state of SSD controllers, firmware and designs is anything but that. To date, there is no turnkey solution that a company like Seagate or Western Digital could implement that would give them hard drive-like compatibility and dependability, with all of the benefits of an SSD.
That said, LSI/Sandforce will be a contender as well.
Benchmarks for this drive/controller at thessdreview
Looks to be pretty impressive for a first generation controller from an "unknown" company. However, the small file transfers (notably 0.5-2.0) are pretty ugly & that's what matters w/ consumer use...Lets see if they can pump out quick FW updates like OCZ.
In addition it remains to be seen at which price this comes for Corsair and what their margins are. Again: Can't wait to see them go public and come out with their financials on a regular basis.
Let's hope they will at some point announce a price for this drive and maybe even get some into the stores... :-)
I'm sorry Stocksock. I just misunderstood at first and then when I caught up I actually thought I was being helpful. I get your point that this is someone you were unaware of but if you look at the list I gave you will see they are not just generic SoC companies. If they were the list would be much larger. All of those companies have some IP, R&D, or products in the SSD space.
Here are a few examples from the list:
- DensBits is an SSD controller / IP company that licenses technology for high density x3 MLC (and TLC) flash.
- eASIC's IP includes a NAND flash memory controller core along with their SoC technologies.
- Faraday Technology offers PCIe and SATA 3 interface IP cores for use in SSDs.
- IDT announced it was working with Micron to develop a commercial PCIe flash SSD for the server market.
- JMicron has various physical interface designs and bridges including SATA and PCIe plus a flash SSD controller with integrated SMART functions. Also note Kingston Technology is investing $3 million in JMicron.
- Silicon Motion is a leading supplier of controllers for 3 bit per cell flash or MLC.
- StorCloud is currently in stealth mode. The company's founder - Rado Danilak - previously was the founder and CTO of SandForce.
This certainly plays to the bear thesis of competition stepping in and saturating the field before the OCZ controllers have a chance to take hold. Not great news on that front.
That being said I am more or less most interested in the TLC space from a consumer side out of Computex, so I'm kind of meh on this announcement (especially without reviews). TLC has the opportunity to filter out a lot of consumer competition quite quickly, and I really hope OCZ is ahead of the curve here.
But make no mistake that just as quick as someone like Link a Media can appear the same will eventually happen in the TLC space. So it's going to be important time if TLC does hit in the consumer space soon.
"This certainly plays to the bear thesis of competition stepping in and saturating the field before the OCZ controllers have a chance to take hold. Not great news on that front."
Sales stats on newegg and amzn say it is not Corsair who is saturating the market.
Would be interesting to know Corsair's margins with this controller. Can't wait to have more transparency regarding what is going on financially with Corsair. Good thing (if) they are going public, IMO.
You are making this excruciating. A list of every company that makes a NAND SoC is irrelevant.
This Link_A_Media controller is relevant because it is suitable for cutting edge MLC-SSDs for PCs and is being licensed to at least one notable manufacturer with some nice headline numbers. You can't say the same for most companies on that list. DensBits is relevant since it may have TLC solutions coming to market shortly, but many of the other smaller companies on that list work only in the low-end consumer (flash stick controllers) or niche industrial applications and don't really apply.