One of the first Computex announcements couldn’t wait and it just so happens to be a SATA 3 SSD first! If you remember back a few months, we were one of the first to let you in on a company called Novachips who were about to release a new SATA 3 controller into the SSD world.
Fast forward to today and we are happy to announce that the new Novachips Bugatti SSD controller has found a home with Biwin in their new enterprise class NuvoDrive NX SSD family.
What is particularly interesting about this release is the fact that the NovaChips Bugatti NVS3600A controller is based on a 10 channel architecture, unlike present SATA 3 SSDs which are either 4 or 8 channel. To the laymen who hasn’t a clue what we are talking about, imagine driving down a 4 lane highway in rush hour. Now imagine if it was 10 lanes, vice 4.
The NuvoDrive NX will be available in capacities of 80, 160 and 300GB and reported specifications display performance above 500MB/s for both read and write with 80,000 4k random write IOPS when evaluating in both compressible and incompressible data.
The Biwin NuvoDrive NX offers superior write speed compared to existing SATA III SSDs. Its advantage increases in small block random writes. And it beats competing SSDs hands down in 4K random write operations for incompressible data. Technology innovations like the 10-channel controller architecture and beefy DRAM cache make this performance possible. says Joe James, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Biwin America.
The background of the Bugatti and NovaChips is a bit interesting actually. At one point in early SSD architecture, the Indilinx ‘Barefoot’ was believed to be one of the best third party SATA II controllers available. After Barefoot came out, and before OCZ acquired IndiLinx, the lead design engineer, Daniel Kim, left IndiLinx to found Novachips in 2009 and develop a SATA III controller. Fast forward a few years, and now we have the Novachips Bugatti.
Could we have a new LSI SandForce rival???