Chinese SSD Manufacturer BIWIN Demos SSDs And Considering US Presence – CeBIT 2012 Update

To many, the name Biwin is definitely not synonymous with many SSD drives that they might consider in their future purchase, but that may change soon enough.

Biwin has been in the flash storage business for 16 years and, as surprising as it may seem, has already established very strong strategic partnerships with many names you would know, to include Samsung, Toshiba, Micron and Intel.  Biwin is now considering opening up business in North America, and, quite probably the USA.

For now though, lets take a look at only a few of their SSD product family starting with the Biwin Pro which is ‘SandForce Driven’ and available in capacities of 60, 120 and 240GB.  This is a SATA 2 SSD which would have read and write transfer speeds in the upper 270MB/s mark.

From there we move up to the Biwin Elite SATA 3 SSD, again SandForce driven, and capable of transfer speeds in excess of 500MB/s and most likely over 80,000 IOPS.  This SSD is available in capacities of 60, 120, 240 and 480GB.

They also had the 480 results on display for this SSD and I am going to suggest they should check their setup.  There is definitely a SF-2281 processor pushing that speed but, as we can see below, there seems to be a small hiccup in the low 4k random writes.

Last but not least, I thought I might include their industrial mSATA SSD as it is driven by the JMicron JM605 controller.  This little baby weighs less than 9 grams and is a third the size of a business card.  The transfer speeds are typical of many industrial/enterprise SSDs as their are a number of further data safeguards built into the SSD that mandate the lower speeds.

UPDATE:

We received contact from Joe James, VP of Biwin Worldwide Marketing, shortly after this article was posted, who has informed us that Biwin America is up and running and they are in business for all interested. Obviously, they are making a great first step as we have an Elite on route for review!

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