Lite-On IT is expecting to see a huge growth in SSD sales in 2012, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Taiwan-based Lite-On is a maker of optical disc drives that ventured in to SSD production three years ago. They are expected to increase their SSD revenue from a little over $34 million US in 2011 to over $200 million US in 2012!
Securing SSD orders from four of the ten largest PC vendors has Lite-On poised to make their presence felt in the SSD market this year.
With much of this growth fueled by the explosion in demand for SSDs in notebooks and ultrabooks, Lite-On’s M3M line of mSATA drives are offering some impressive performance. Available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, these Marvell-controlled SSDs can achieve 420 MB/s sequential read and 190 MB/s sequential write speeds. These drives also feature Lite-On’s TrueSpeed Technology.
TrueSpeed Technology levels out the speed differences between linear (all 0fill/ all 1fill) and random read/writes seen in many other drives. This results in a higher overall level of sustained performance and a more satisfying experience for users.
This also gives enterprise users a more valid comparison basis when trying to calculate return on investment (ROI) for such an expenditure.
Lite-On’s mSATA SSDs also support S.M.A.R.T. and TRIM command. Typical power consumption is stated as 3W active and .6W idle. The controller used is the Marvell 88SS9174. These drives feature MLC NAND flash memory. The MTBF is stated as 1.5 million hours.
With a high-performing mSATA SSD series being adopted by several large OEM’s, Lite-On is prepared to do their part in making 2012 a truly breakout year for the SSD market. You can visit Lite-On product page for their M3M series of mSATA SSDs with more complete specs.