Super Talent, a leading flash storage manufacturer since the first consumer SSDs were launched, has announced its line of CoreStore PCIe and mini-PCIe SSDs. This range makes use of the latest Marvell controller, the 88NV9143 and DDR ONFi 2 flash.
These SSDs come in a choice of PCIe and mini-PCIe interface with capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB for both types. The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities come in a choice of MLC and SLC flash, while the 128GB model is MLC only. The MLC based SSDs feature up to 350MB/s read and 80MB/s write and the SLC based SSDs feature the same 350MB/s read, but up to 220MB/s write.
By working directly off the PCIe bus, these SSDs bypass the SATA interface completely, eliminating any possible SATA bottleneck and potentially delivering faster performance than similar SATA based SSDs. These SSDs require a PCIe 2.0 (or later) slot to achieve their maximum performance.
Based on their official video, the 32GB PCIe model is able to achieve roughly 40,000 IOPS read and 23,000 IOPS write with a queue depth of 32 in CrystalDiskMark 3.0, which is very impressive for a 32GB SSD, although this looks like the SLC version due to its 257.4MB/s sustained write speed. These SSDs would also be ideal for laptop and Netbook owners that have a spare mini-PCIe slot, as this would allow for the installation of an SSD for the OS and applications along without sacrificing the existing higher capacity hard disk.
As mentioned in their video, these SSDs will ship in March 2011, but so far no pricing has been announced at this time.
Further info can be read on this source Liliputing article.