SandForce, the company responsible for some of the highest performing SSD controllers in the industry, was recently caught pairing up with Toshiba to demonstrate some of the latter manufacturer’s new MLC flash memory. The new memory, built upon a 24nm process, promises to offer an exciting 500MB/s transfer speed and up to 60 kIOPS.
It’s not just the speed, however, that should get consumers and businesses excited. Building the next generation of cells on a smaller manufacturing process means that the new memory can hit higher densities at lower prices than was previously achievable. In layman’s terms, that means bigger, faster drives – cheaper.
Toshiba isn’t the first company to show off 24nm flash storage cells. Intel, one of the current darlings of the industry, has been at it for some time now. Having multiple companies in on the game reduces prices for consumers, though, since customers won’t be beholden to a single company in order to purchase some of the next-generation products.
Showing off the new tech – packed into a standard 2.5-inch form factor – at the Flash Memory Summit 2011, SandForce took the opportunity to trumpet about some of its own recent successes, boasting sales of over 2 million SSD controllers in the last 18 months. The outlook for flash memory makers is good, too, with Gartner reporting a whopping 61% YOY growth of SSD sales in the past year in the three target markets.