Super Talent, a company probably best known for their budget Solid State Drives and Flash Memory drives, has announced a new CoreStore TM line of SSD solutions. The new drives use the latest Marvel controller (88NV9143) with new DDR ONFi 2 flash memory. And unlike most SSDs, which utilize a standard SATA interface, the Core Store MP and Core Store MV SLC and MLC SSDs connect directly to the PCI Express and mini-PCI Express bus respectively.

The drives will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, with a 128GB version for MLC drives. Super Talent claims the drives will deliver “unforeseen performance” with read speeds of up to 350MB/sec and write speed on the MLC drives of 80MB/sec. That’s compared with 220MB/sec for the SLC drives.

Though this may seem a little behind the curve compared to the write speeds of the latest MLC SSD’s with Sandforce controllers that can reach the 250-300MB/s range, and for full performance will require the use of a “Gen 2 PCI slot.” But the new Super Talent drives are probably meant as more affordable solutions that are also very small for more mobile devices and should compare well to the competing mSATA and traditional Mini-PCI Express drive solutions like the proprietary Asus Flash_Con SSDs.

PCI Express SSDs aren’t actually new but they are usually much larger and tend to be extremely high priced, far faster, and primarily intended for enterprise solutions.

Super Talent appears to be the first to apply the technology for Mini-PCI Express (30mm x 50.95mm) form factor. This makes it possible to use the SSDs in everything from tablets, netbooks, and laptops, as well as embedded solution and Mini ITX systems.  The PCI Express version should also prove a more consumer price friendly solution than other drives that use the PCI Express connection.

Final pricing and available hasn’t been officially announced but it appears Super Talent may release the CoreStore TM line sometime in March.



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