SK Hynix Starts to Make Solid-State Drives for Consumers

SK Hynix Enters Consumer SSD Market

by Anton Shilov
06/26/2012 | 11:09 PM

SK Hynix, a leading maker of dynamic random access memory, NAND flash memory and other semiconductors, this week announced plans to make solid-state drives and introduced its first line of SSDs. The move was completely expected as Hynix has been a leading maker of NAND flash memory in the recent years and worked hard in advancing solid-state storage with partners like HP and IBM.


The first ever SK Hynix’s client 2.5” SSD s will be available in 128GB and 256GB capacities with Serial ATA-600 interface and will be based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory compliant with ONFI synchronous protocol and produced using 20nm-class process technology. This SSDs generate sequential read speeds of up to 510MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 470MB/s. In addition, SK Hynix has been offering solid-state drives for ultrabooks since late last year in mSATA form-factor with 32GB (SATA-300, up to 260MB/s read speed and 250MB/s write speed) as well as 64GB/128GB (SATA-600, up to 505MB/s read speed and 470MB/s write speed) capacities.

The SK Hynix SSD products support multiple technologies that boost performance or improve security, including TRIM, NCQ, 128-bit AES encryption and other. SK Hynix did not announce what controller is used on its solid-state drives, but claims that it features superior wear leveling and other advantages.

“In order to satisfy high standard requirements from customers who are willing to enjoy significantly improved performance of their PCs, SK Hynix has released the high-end SSD products with our high performance NAND flash. On top of this product, SK Hynix will line up various SSD products and play a main role in the NAND Flash market,” said Mr. Ji Bum Kim, head of worldwide marketing and sales division of SK Hynix.

According to market research firm iSuppli, the outlook for SSD shipment is expected to be 46million units in this year. It also forecasts the annual average growth of 63% from year 2011 to 2016 due to the accelerated growth of the various mobile applications.