Corsair Memory, a leading manufacturer of dynamic random access memory products as well as flash-based devices, is quietly entering the market of solid-state drives (SSDs). The company is surprisingly among the last of the major memory suppliers to enter the market of SSDs, which may emphasize that Corsair does not believe in rising popularity of flash-based drives.
The first SSD from Corsair are S128 with rather slow 90MB/s sequential read speed and 70MB/s sequential write speed as well as 128GB capacity. Performance levels of Corsair’s first solid state drive based on multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory are considerably slower compared to competing offerings by companies like Kingston, OCZ Technology or Super Talent, thus, the company will have to keep pricing of the unit well below that of rivals.
Meantime before failure (MTBF) of Corsair’s S128 is 1 million hours, which is inline with typical MLC-based solid-state drives.
Although Corsair Memory has not issued any official statements on the matter of the SSD launch, at least two (NCIX and Scan) online stores have begun to sell the unit for about $333 in the U.S. and £326 in the UK.