South Korea-based solid state drive products developer Mtron has launched a new drive named solid state drive MOBI in the consumer market, which offers consumers such as pro-gamers, graphic experts, and video editors a system at lower price with high performance.
The solid state drive (SSD) MOBI is a 2.5 inch, standard drive, which uses single level cell (SLC) memory to provide the maximum reading speed of 100MB per second, writing speed of 80MB per second and random access time of 0.1 ms. According to the company, the booting speed of the SSD is twice faster than current hard disk. It also provides a serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) interface for replacement of hard disk in desktop and laptop computers with SSD.
According to Mtron, the product is advantageous for laptop computers and ultra-mobile PC as it uses flash memory for less heat and noise, and has strong protection against outside environment. The company also said that it will continue to enhance its consumer SSD line of products by releasing 1.8-inch version, multi level cell (MLC) memory SSD, and other premium consumer SSD products in 2008.
Most of SSD demand was in industrial market for high-end servers and storage. However, with the price of flash memory has been dropping about 40% every year, there will be a new demand in consumer SSD market as early as next year. Therefore Mtron has launched Mtron SSD MOBI in order to establish Mtron as the worldwide leader in the new consumer SSD market, said Steve Jeon, chief executive at Mtron.
According to a research by market analyst Web-Feet, the current SSD market has grown 74% every year, and it is expected to reach $10 billion by 2012. The consumer SSD market is also expected to grow from $42 million in 2006 to $7.5 billion in 2012, replacing current hard disk with SSD.
Mtron SSD MOBI is available for $650, which according to Mtron is 30% cheaper than current Mtron SSD products for industrial servers.
Mtron’s competitor Samsung offers a 64GB 1.8inch and 2.5inch SSD with SATA II (3Gbps) connectors, which will expand the market for SSD’s from notebook PCs to corporate servers and other storage applications.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates