If you are a fan of the SSD Review, you may remember our review of the new IO-Switch Raijin a short time ago, an SSD solution that consisted of a PCIe Card along with Marvell’s new and unreleased M6e PCIe M.2 SSD. Plextor must have taken a liking to this design (or maybe it was vice versa) as they introduce a very similar solution this morning at CES, named the Plextor PCIe HHHL SSD.
PLEXTOR M6E PCIE M.2 SSD
This SSD will contain a PCIe Gen 2×2 interface and the SSD itself will contain boot files which will make it compatible with just about any Mac or PC system with an open PCIe slot. The HHHL contains the Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD as we can see in this closer look:
The Plextor M6e will be available in late Q2 2014 and in capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB. It has performance specifications of 770MB/s read and 625MB/s write with 105K read IOPS and 100K write IOPS at low 4k aligned disk access. A quick check of our original M6e SSD report will demonstrate typical speeds that we might see in the 256GB capacity.
PLEXTOR M.2 SATA 280 SSD
There will also be a SATA M.2 version of the M6e and performance is listed at 520MB/s read and 410MB/s right with a high of 78K read IOPS. This solution will only be available in 128 and 256GB capacities.
PLEXTOR M6 PRO CONSUMER SSD
Next up, Plextor is just about ready to release the M6 Pro and this is going to be available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB, using Toshibas newest 19nm NAND flash memory. Specs are listed at 540MB/s read and 460MB/s write with up to 101K read IOPS at low 4K aligned disk access.
NEW ENTERPRISE FAMILY
Although Plextor/Lite-On has been very active on the business side of things such as automobile flash components for some time, they have never really entered the enterprise realm and they are setting to change that in 2014. First up is the LCT-N9S which is available in capacities of 60 to 960GB as seen here:
Not much is being revealed at this time but this SSD will have exclusive firmware that results in consistent low latency performance, will use Toshiba’s latest advanced 19nm MLC memory and will have end to end data protection.
Next up is the LCT-NAS which is an advanced grade enterprise SSD and uses eMLC NAND flash memory. It will be available in capacities of 100-800GB, has end to end data protection, power loss protection, exclusive firmware which has consistent low latency performance and this drive is rated at 3 drive writes per day.