Seagate has 10 GB/sec PCIe flash drive
Seagate has unveiled a new production-ready unit of what seems to be the fastest solid-state drive demonstrated to date. The new drive is capable of reaching 10 GB/sec of throughput performance and meets all Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, which makes it ideal for hyperscale data centers. The new SSD unit is 4 GB/sec faster than the previous fastest SSD and comes with lower power consumption and cost burdens.
“Your data is only as good as how easily you can access it and put it to use,” said Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD Products. “Seagate is committed to providing the full spectrum of technologies to help meet the diverse needs of organizations so they can unlock this value. Whether for consumer cloud or business applications, this SSD will help improve on demands for fast access to information, where split seconds drive incremental value gains.” The technology would work with any system that supports the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol, which was developed by Seagate and other consortium vendors to replace the legacy Serial AT Attachment (SATA) standards and eliminate informational bottlenecks. NVMe helps reduce layers of commands to create a faster, simpler language between flash devices.
Next to the 10 GB/sec model, which uses PCI-E x16 slots, Seagate has unveiled a second such unit that works in PCI-E x8 slots. The new device reaches the industry-leading throughput of 6.7 GB/sec, which makes it the fastest PCI-E x8 solid-state drive.
Both SSDs will be officially launched this summer. They will be displayed at the upcoming Open Compute Project Summit 2016 in San Jose, California. The event will take place on March 9 and March 10 this year.