OCZ announces Vertex 460 Series SSDs

January 24, 2014 | 11:17

Tags: #19nm #9nm #mlc #nand-flash #solid-state #solid-state-storage #ssd

Companies: #ocz #ocz-storage-solutions #toshiba

Fresh from its acquisition by Toshiba, the formerly bankrupt OCZ has announced a family of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) with which it hopes to make its new owner proud.

When OCZ Technologies filed for bankruptcy protection late last year, there were concerns it would prove the end of the company. Thankfully, Toshiba stepped in with an offer the buy substantially all assets of the company, a plan which completed earlier this week with Toshiba spinning the acquisition off as OCZ Storage Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Even while OCZ was technically bankrupt, it kept announcing new products - and it's celebrated its deal with Toshiba with the announcement of a new family of SSDs dubbed the Vertex 460 Series. Designed to replace the Vertex 450 Series, the new drives move to a 19nm process node MLC NAND flash from the 20nm of their predecessors, and include an in-house Barefoot 3 M10 controller. The result, OCZ claims, is up to 545MB/s sequential read and 525MB/s sequential write from the SATA-III interface.

The drivers are to launch in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, come with a three-year warranty - one that now has Toshiba's backing, of course - and include retail packaging with a bundled 2.5"-to-3.5" desktop adapter and a copy of Acronis True Image to clone the contents of an existing drive over onto the SSD. UK pricing for the drives has yet to be confirmed, but an early listing on retailer Kikatek has the 120GB model priced at just under £77.
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