On the retail side of things, SanDisk today announced release of their new UltraPlus SSD which the targets mainstream consumer just starting to examine the move to SSDs. Of interested in client though, the SanDisk X110 mSATA is now available with new 19nm NAND flash memory on board.
Based on the Marvell 88SS9175 controller, the Ultra Plus is going to be released in capacities of 64, 128 and 256GB and higher capacities are capable of perfomance up to 530MB/s read and 445MB/s write with 82,000 IOPS at low 4k random read disk access. The Ultra Plus is showing up at less than $1/GB at an initial price of $250 for the 256GB model which is a definite step in the right direction.
On the mSATA sid of things, we spoke to SanDisk about the X110 which is an upgrade of the X100 mSATA and uses SanDisks new 19nm memory. This is a definite step up from the U100, still being shown by SanDisk and would be a definite contender in the retail market, however, unfortunately no plans of such are in place. The only way to get your hands on the X110 is through system purchases such as the Lenovo Thinkpad or x1 Carbon as we reviewed just a few weeks back. This system had the x100 installed wih excellent performance results being attained.
Last but not least, SanDisk also had the Marvell Dragonfly NVDrive on display which had four SanDisk X100 mSATA SSDs on it’s face, three of which were easily identifiable as we can see here. Can you find the fourth?