Fixstars Solutions, Inc., a Japanese software company, is announcing the world’s first 6TB 2.5″ SATA solid-state drive (SSD). The SSD-6000M is built in the 2.5″ x 9mm form factor to accommodate the larger capacity.
Fixstars’ SSD-6000M pairs 15nm MLC NAND Flash memory with a proprietary controller to achieve stable, high sequential IOPS performance throughout the drive’s lifespan. This is a highly desirable feature for usage scenarios such as big data analytics, video recording, networking infrastructure, medical imaging and industrial applications.
According to Satoshi Miki, Fixstars Corporation’s CEO, “The unparalleled performance of our previous model’s (SSD-3000M) sequential I/O helped propel our SSDs and garner lots of attention. Since many of our customers desire even greater capacity, I am excited to offer a new solution and grow the product line with the inclusion of the larger SSD-6000M. Since our SSD’s capacity is now able to compete with high-end hard drives, we feel our product can draw the attention of data centers as well.”
The SSD-6000M attains sequential read speeds of (up to) 540MB/s, with sequential write speeds at (up to) 520MB/s. IOPS are not specified on the SSD-6000M product page’s specifications section. TRIM is supported when using a TRIM-supporting operating system, as well as garbage collection routines and S.M.A.R.T. drive health and performance monitoring attributes. Power consumption is stated as less than 6.0W (active), and less than 3W (idle). Fixstars is backing the SSD-6000M with a three-year warranty.
Although pricing is not yet (as of publication of this article) shown via the Fixstars website’s ordering link, Fixstars indicates that they are accepting orders from U.S. customers to be shipped in late July. You can view the Fixstars press release announcing the SSD-6000M in its entirety here; and/or visit the SSD-6000M product page here.