If you've never heard of Fixstars before, this announcement will one heck of an introduction. The Tokyo-based storage solution company primarily focuses on business and commercial products. However they have managed to raise a few eyebrows by announcing a forthcoming SSD ringing in at a whopping 13TB of storage.
Up until now the biggest SSD available on the market has topped out at 1TB, with some incremental leaps announced at CES. This however is a full building-to-building jump, The 13TB SSD-13000M is not only bigger than the biggest SSD, but also bigger than the biggest mechanical drive currently on the market. Fixstars has also announced a slightly smaller 10TB SSD-10000M model.
As for the announced drive specs, both with be fitted with a proprietary SSD controller from Fixstars. The drive will have a read speed of up to 540 MB/s and a sequential write speed of up to 520 MB/s. You won't be able to squeeze this into your laptop though, as the drive is 15mm tall.
Fixstars is currently taking pre-orders, with an expected ship date to US customers in late February. Pricing is still speculative, but it's been suggested that both drives be around $1 per gigabyte. You can get a little more info in the press release below.
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Fixstars Launches SSD-13000M, the World's Largest 13TB SSD for Applications such as Object Storage and Streaming Content Distribution
January 13, 2016 - Irvine, CA - Fixstars Corporation (HQ: Tokyo, CEO: Satoshi Miki, Hereafter: Fixstars) has officially launched two new products: the 10TB Fixstars SSD-10000M, and the Fixstars SSD-13000M, which stands as the world's largest SSD*1 (13TB*2 of capacity). Starting January 13th, 2016, Fixstars will be accepting orders which are expected to ship to US customers late February.
The SSD-13000M and SSD-10000M are equipped with Fixstars proprietary SSD controller, which enables the fast, sustainable I/O performance (read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s) throughout the lifetime of the SSD. The combination of such high performance and enterprise-grade reliability is proven to be highly sought after in applications such as object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VFX productions, 4K/8K video processing and various other use cases in which steady sequential access is critical.
Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars Corporation, gave the following comments,
“Continuing the development of the world's highest capacity SSD product line, we are pleased to take capacity one step further and present the SSD-13000M. The Fixstars SSD series has been highly regarded for their distinct reliability on steady read/write performance that lasts over time. Having met user expectations for higher capacities, Fixstars will continue to innovate and provide unique storage solutions to it's customers in Japan and in the U.S.”
For more information, please visit http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/
*1 Based on the shipping models of 2.5 inch, 15mm SSDs as of January 12th, 2016
*2 1TB＝1,000,000,000,000 Bytes. The actual user space will be smaller.
*3 Based on the shipping models of 2.5 inch, 9.5mm SSDs as of May 7th, 2015
Fixstars Solutions is an innovator in flash storage solutions devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Combining expertise in multi-core processors programming and the use of next generation memory technology, Fixstars provides the best performance and the highest capacity storage solutions.
Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment, visit www.fixstars.com.