updated 11:20 pm EDT, Tue October 19, 2010
On-board OS allows flexible configuration
Coming this Halloween is a PCI-Express card offering up to four user-installable on-board SSD expansion drive modules, with an option for an embedded 16GB or 32GB SSD module to improve performance. Called Wings, the card comes with its own on-board OS called Virtue that can boot on any Mac, Linux or Windows machine and features a disk configuration utility to allow users to configure the card as they like. Throughput can reach up to 1080Mb/second read speed, 900Mb write on a fully-populated card.
Normally aimed solely at enterprise markets, this card is also priced for consumer Mac Pro users. The Wings card's large on-board SSD allows users to put an ISO of an OS or drivers so they are always available, and allows adding or removing up to four of the expansion modules, which are 120GB in size (most PCIe SSD cards are fixed in size).
Unpopulated Wings cards are $240. Options are for one, two or four Crest modules priced at $540, $840 and $1340, respectively.