Kingston has introduced the Intel-cobranded SSDNow line of solid state drives. There are two versions, the SSDNow E series offers 250MB/s read speeds and 170MB/s write speeds, while the SSDNow M Series has 250MB/s read speeds and 70MB/s write speeds.
The lineup is still very limited though, the E-series is only available in 32GB and the M series only ships with a storage capacity of 80GB.
“We are thrilled to enter the solid-state drive market with our SSDNow E and M Series SSDs. The combination of the fastest SSDs in the world along with Kingston’s tremendous distribution capabilities and legendary customer service will position us to succeed in this arena,” said Mark Leathem, director of Flash business development, Kingston Digital. “The performance capabilities of these first two offerings are off the charts and our enterprise customers will be very pleased to use them in servers and corporate laptop computers.”
The SSDNow E and M series drives create greater return on investment through increased performance due to impressive input and output operations per second (IOPS). The SSDNow E Series’ higher IOPS means enterprises need significantly fewer SSDs compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), which also leads to energy savings in a server environment. The SSDNow M Series high IOPS allows for faster boot times and quicker application load times which help mobile power users become even more productive.
Kingston SSDNow M and E Series specifications:
Fast: SSDNow E Series:
250MB/sec. read, 170MB/sec. write; SSDNow M Series:
250MB/sec. read, 70MB/sec. write
Durable: no moving mechanical parts, enabling the SSD
to handle rougher conditions
Guaranteed: backed by a three-year Kingston warranty,
24/7 tech support and KingstonCare* program
Form factor: 2.5"
Interface: SATA 1.5Gb/sec. and 3.0Gb/sec.
Capacity**: SSDNow E Series:
32GB; SSDNow M Series 80GB
Storage temperatures: -55° C to 95° C
Operating temperatures: 0° C to 70° C
Dimensions: SSDNow E Series: 69.85mm x
100mm x 7mm; SSDNow M Series: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
Weight: SSDNow E Series: 80 grams (+/-
2 grams); SSDNow M Series: 86 grams (+/- 2 grams)
IOPS (Input and Output Operations Per Second):
SSDNow E Series: Random 4K read: 35K; Random 4K write: 3.3K
Vibration operating: 2.17 G (7–800Hz)
Vibration non-operating: 3.13 G (10–500Hz)
Power specs***: SSDNow E Series:
Active: 2.4 W TYP; Sleep: 0.06 W TYP; SSDNow M Series:
Active: 0.15 W; Sleep 0.06 W TYP
Life expectancy: SSDNow E Series:
2 million hours mean time before failure; SSDNow M Series:
1.2 million hours mean time before failure
Operating shock: 1,000 G/0.5 msec operating and