Seagate Technology today announced its new portfolio of SSDs (solid-state drives) -- including its first consumer model for laptops -- and a new PCIe flash card.
The new 2.5-in drive series includes the consumer-class Seagate 600 SSD, the 600 Pro SSD, the 1200 SSD, and the new X8 Accelerator, a PCIe flash memory card from Seagate's partnership with Virident Technology. The new PCIe card offers all the key storage interfaces including SATA and SAS.
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Seagate calls its 600 SSD "the ultimate laptop upgrade," delivering nearly four times faster boot speeds over standard hard disk drives, shorter application load times, and improved system responsiveness. The drive has the latest 6Gbps SATA interface; comes in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities; and is available in multiple 7mm or 5mm-high form factors, meaning it fits into most ultra-thin notebooks as well as standard laptops.
Seagate's specification sheet claims the 600 SSD has a sequential data read/write rate of up to 500MB/sec using 128KB block sizes. And it can generate up to 80,000 random IOPS (I/Os per second) read/write rate using 4KB block sizes.
Seagate 600 Pro SSD
Seagate's new 600 Pro SSD is a low-power server and storage drive aimed at cloud system builders, hyperscale datacenters, cloud service providers, content delivery networks and virtualized environments. An entry-level enterprise SATA SSD, the 600 Pro SSD combines flash performance and lower power for "IOPS/watt value."
The 600 Pro SSD typically uses 2.8 watts of operating power, and it reduces energy use by automatically adjusting the power consumption to workload I/O levels, Seagate said in a statement.
The Seagate 600 Pro SSD is available in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB. It also has a 6Gb/s SATA interface and a top sequential read/write rate of 520MB/sec.
Seagate 1200 SSD
Seagate's new 1200 series SSD is also an enterprise-class drive, but is aimed at enterprise storage and server applications with complex, write-intensive mixed workloads, such as high-performance computing and data analytics.
The 1200 SSD delivers Seagate's top performance in an SSD and the highest levels of data integrity, the company said.
The drive uses algorithms that optimize performance for frequently accessed data by prioritizing which storage operations -- reads or writes -- occur first and optimizing where it is stored. "The result is improved performance to help close the gap between processor and data access," Seagate said.