Zalman Wants Piece of SF-2281 Market
The already overcrowded market with near-identical SSDs based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller is getting yet another contender. Zalman, the Korean manufacturer of all sorts of odds and ends for your computer, is introducing its new F-series SSDs–a collection of 2.5-inch drives built around the high-end SandForce SF-2281 chip The first three models will be the in capacities 60, 120 and 240 GB–all of which are of course utilizing the SATA III 6.0 Gbps interface.
The new storage devices come with 25nm MLC flash memory from Intel and the specifications are really impressive on paper, with sequential read and write speeds of up to 560MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively. What is perhaps more important for some users is that the units also have built-in encryption (AES-128/256). Support for TRIM, SMART and NCQ is also present and Zalman ships the drives with migration software and a 3.5″ mounting bracket.
Zalman’s new SSDs will be available on store shelves in early December.