Plextor, a leading supplier of solid-state drives (SSDs), introduced its new M6-series family of SSDs at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday. The family will initially consist of drives in four form-factors targeting different classes of personal computers. The drives will deliver leading-edge performance and will feature a number of proprietary technologies developed by Plextor.
Plextor M6-series solid-state drives are based on Toshiba’s second-generation multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory made using 19nm process technology with toggle DDR interface and are powered by the latest generation Marvell 88SS9183 flash controller with multiple cores for efficient performance during intense usage. The new drives will be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities and will come in 2.5” (M6S), mSATA (M6M), M.2 PCIe (M6e) and PCI Express card (M6e HHHL) form-factors. The first two use Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface, whereas the second two utilize PCI Express 2.0 interface.
“We are excited to announce the new M6 series, Plextor’s new generation of consumer solid-state storage products. With the addition of the M6e M.2 PCI-e and SATA drives to the M6 family, Plextor now offers one of the broadest and highest-performing portfolios in the consumer space. Plextor’s latest lineup highlights our commitment to providing top quality and performance in the solid-state drive market,” said Darlo Perez, managing director of Plextor Americas.
The M6S and Plextor M6M solid-state drives with SATA-6Gb/s interface feature sequential read/write speeds of up to 520MB/440MB per second and random read/write speeds up to 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS, respectively. The M6S is designed for mainstream laptops and desktops, whereas the M6M is targeted at ultra-think notebooks, ultra-books and small form-factor desktops.
Plextor M6e SSD in PCI Express HHHL card form-factor. Image by StorageReview.com web-site.
The M6e M.2 PCIe and half height, half length (HHHL) PCIe card SSDs delivers maximum sequential read/write speeds of up to 770/625MB/s and random read/write speeds of up to 105,000 and 100,000 IOPS. The M6e drives are automatically recognized as an advanced host controller interface (AHCI) devices, requiring no additional drivers. When used as an ultra-fast boot disk on a system with unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI), startup times are cut substantially.
Along with performance and stability, the Plextor M6e SSD meets another key need of professional gamers: extreme reliability. In the world’s most advanced SSD testing facilities, the drive was put through rigorous testing and was required to meet Plextor’s Zero-Failure Zero-Error mass testing standard; the result is a MTBF calculated at 2.4 million hours. For stability, every individual SSD faces an extended high-temperature burn-in test and usage simulation
All Plextor M6-series solid-state drives feature Plextor’s new proprietary TrueSpeed technology that ensures long-term performance stability and effective multi-tasking. The new drives also support “Adaptive Write” Plextor’s next-generation proprietary firmware technology designed to maintain SSD performance under heavy workloads throughout the life warranty of the drive.
The entire M6e series is backed by a five-year warranty. The M6 series is scheduled to be available for purchase in the spring of 2014.