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Imation reveals 'fastest' solid-state drive

updated 09:45 am EST, Fri January 4, 2008

Imation at CES

Imation today unveiled its CES lineup and announced its intention to launch into the rapidly expanding solid-state drive business. Signing an agreement with Mtron, Imation says it has co-developed a new line of flash-based hard drives it says will be the world's fastest of its type. The SSD MOBI 3000 reads at an already quick 100 megabytes per second but is said to be more impressive with its 80 megabyte per second write speed. This performance is not just better than most flash drives but also bests fast traditional drives in many key areas such as OS boot time and tasks where constant disk access is important, such as working with large videos, Imation argues.

A special enterprise version, the SSD PRO 7000, is even faster with 120MB/sec read and 90MB/sec write speeds but is optimized for the typical tasks handled by servers and other large-scale work computers. All versions of the technology also bring with them an inherently skip-proof design and a quieter, cooler drive ideal for notebooks and similar portables.

Imation has not mentioned the capacity of the drives but says these details along with prices will appear in the run-up to the official product launch, which is expected to ship in the first quarter of this year.

The storage company has provided early details of several of its future devices that will be on show at CES, including its Memorex iWake, a clock radio speaker system for the iPhone and iPod; a new Pivot Plus flash drive and a remake of the original Pivot (pictured); and new storage options, including mini Blu-ray recordable discs and colored Lightscribe DVDs. No release dates or prices have been announced for these upcoming products.

by MacNN Staff



  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "and tasks where constant disk access is important such as working with large videos, Imation argues."

    who is arguing with them?!?

    why do all these manufacturers note a "skip-proof design"? this is lingo that comes from the portable CD player era and was noted in early iPod designs. but with respect to traditional hard drives (which these products are being compared to), i don't think any hard drive i've ever had has ever "skipped".

    friggin marketing dweebs!

  1. Quark108

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: lingo...

    What they are referring to with the "skip-poof design" lingo is that solid-state drives are inherently skip-proof. Portable CD players and hard drives are not "solid-state" and require a buffer to constantly read ahead a ways and store it in a temporary memory which technically isn't "skip-proof."

  1. Shungo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: lingo...

    They must mean "'fastest' solid-state drive" for laptops because I thought the fastest solid-state drive was the ioDrive from Fusion-io.

  1. Haywire

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's the interface?

    You ain't gonna get no 80, 90, 100, 120 MB/s over USB2. You might get to 100 MB/s over FireWire 800.

    So what's the interface?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: interface

    "You might get to 100 MB/s over FireWire 800."

    Theoretically, yes (800 MBit/sec = 100 MByte/sec). In practice, even with FW 800 it's highly unlikely.

    So I'd file this under "overenthusiastic PR bullshit".

  1. jblade

    Joined: Dec 1969


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  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Could achieve that speed via Sata, but the current implementation of eSATA (look at picture, looks like thumbdrive) does not power the device over the eSata connector, so would need power.

    It's most likely an internal SATA or SATAII interface. Their graphics department just have no idea what an internal drive looks like.

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