Plextor Introduces mSATA, NGFF, TLC and Power Protection SSDs at CES Las Vegas 2013

Plextor set out to confirm their commitment to quality and innovation at CES Las Vegas 2013 this week, and that they did. Unlike other manufacturers who may select controllers and memory dependent on market pricing and availability, Plextor made it clear that their commitment was to Marvell for SSD controllers and Toshiba for their premium Toggle Mode NAND flash memory.

Add to this the fact that each and every Plextor SSD undergoes extensive aging testing to verify drive endurance, True Speed Technology ensures almost identical performance whether the drive is a new drive or well used, and that extensive testing ensured a drive MTBF of 2.4 million hours and Plextor is definitely putting their best foot forward.


Plextor M5P Extreme

Plextor’s M5 Pro Xtreme speaks to performance of up to 540MB/s read and 470MB/s write with 100,000 IOPS read and 88,000 IOPS write.  It is available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB, uses a Marvell 88SS9187 controller, Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND flash memory and has a five year warranty.


Plextor mSATA FrontPlextor mSATA Backthe Plextor M5M mSATA SSD will be available in capacities of 64, 128 and 256GB and has performance specifications of 540MB/s read and up to 430MB/s write with a high IOPS of 80,000 at low 4k random read disk access. The M5M uses the Marvell 88SS9187 controller, Toshiba memory and Micron DDR3 DRAM cache.


Plextor had NGFF samples on display, a new form factor which will become the industry standard and start to be seen later in the year. The NGFF form factor allows for a wider range of implementation in a smaller footprint and even allows the possibility of a two SSD configuration within a single NGFF PCB.

Plextor NGFF BladePlextor NGFF 2Performance of the NGFF is not limited to SATA 3 boundaries and Plextor has initial specifications of 700MB/s read and 550MB/s write with 100,0000 IOPS.  It uses the Marvell 88SS9183 controller and will be initially available in 128 and 256GB capacities.


Plextor TLC

It was only a matter of time before adoption of TLC memory became commonplace in the SSD arena as it provides a more value driven alternative to the consumer.  The Plextor TLC SSD is expected to release later this year and uses the Marvell 88SS9189 controller with Toshiba TLC NAND flash memory.  Performance specifications describe up to 540MB/s read and 465MB/s write with 80,000 read IOPS at 4k aligned random disk access. This SSD will be available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB.


Plextor PPP Front SSDPlextor PP SSD BackThe new Plextor Power protection/Wide temperature SSD uses the Marvell 88SS9187 controler, Toshiba memory and has performance specs of 520MB/s read and 450MB/s write with up to 94,000 read IOPS.  It is capable of withstanding temperaturesfrom -40 to +85 degC.

Pricing and exact release dates have yet to be set for many of the above SSDs.

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