Seagate unveils PCIe SSD with 10 GB/s transfer rates
Seagate is well known for its computer storage solutions and has today unveiled the fastest single SSD solution, at least according to the manufacturer. The "super-SSD" is a PCIe card that provides theoretical transfer rates of up to 10 GB/s, though its form factor means it cannot be implemented on laptops at its current state. Thus, the drive is recommended for use in data centers instead.
The extremely fast transfer rates make for some fun numbers as well. The Seagate SSD can potentially transfer about 2500 MP3 files of 4 MB each or two 4 GB movies in under a second. Standard consumer SSDs have a maximum transfer rate of "just" around 500 MB/s or roughly 20 times slower than the Seagate SSD. Other exact details and specifications, however, have not been revealed by the manufacturer.
The first version of the Seagate drive will adhere to the requirements of the Open Compute Project (OCP) in order to increase compatibility for scalable computing environments. It will utilize 16 PCIe lanes and will be an 8-channel SSD for transfer rates of up to 6.7 GB/s with higher speeds to come at a later date.
The Seagate super-SSD will make its debut sometime this Summer. Prices have yet to be announced, though it will likely be priced accordingly for Enterprise and professional use.