SMART Modular Technologies, an independent manufacturer of solid-state storage products and memory modules have announced the Optimus SSD, a drive which has a maximum capacity of 1.6 TB and is capable of running read cycles at 1 GB per second.
Smart Modular Introduces New SSDs
Besides the 1.6 TB drive, three other models have also been launched with storage capacities of 200GB, 400GB and 800GB. These SSDs feature a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s interface and up to 1.6TB ‘usable’ capacity. All the drives are 2.5-inches in size and have read/write speeds of 100K/50K random IOPS and 500/500MB/s sustained transfer rates. Besides this, the Optimus SSD also includes support for wide-port SAS capability, providing up to 1GB/s sustained read performance in applications equipped to support this feature. SMART claims that these numbers will remain consistent over any data type throughout the life of their product.
It’s worth noting that this sets a new standard for the remaining of the companies manufacturing SSDs as this is currently the world's largest SSD. Also, it seems like HDDs will need to start proving their worth too. The pricing hasn’t been disclosed, however Smart Modular Technologies have insisted that the drives will be ‘cost-effective’. More information is available on their site.