PureSilicon Nitro: World’s First 1TB SSD

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PureSilicon recently set a new record in Solid State Disk (SSD) storage capacities, not only taking a large jump to hit the 1TB mark, but squeezing it all into a 2.5-inch drive.

The 1TB Nitro packs 15.4GB of storage capacity per cubic centimeter, resulting in a drive that can in theory deliver 4TB in the same space a traditional 3.5-inch HDD would occupy. The drive is speedy too, with sustained read speeds of 240MB/sec and sustained write at 215MB/sec over a SATA II interface.

The Nitro is still too big for notebooks, however, measuring 100.2mm (3.94″) x 69.85mm (2.75″) x 9.5mm (0.37″), but is still a very impressive achievement considering it has around three times the density of other SSDs currently on the market. The drive has rather low energy consumption also, sipping 0.1W when idle and 4.0W when active. PureSilicon rate it for 2m hours of use.

Destined for servers and datacenters, the 1TB drive – along with its smaller 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB siblings, will be available around the third quarter of this year. Pricing is yet to be announced.

Full Press Release Below:

pureSilicon Debuts World’s First 1TB 2.5-Inch SSD — Most Compact SSD per GB

First Solid-State Drive to Crack 1TB Also Offers High Performance, Low Energy Consumption; Designed for Server, Networking, Datacenter, Supercomputing, and Professional Media Applications

LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – January 8, 2009) – CES booth 72440/Sands — pureSilicon Inc. is
demonstrating the highest-density SSD available today: the 1TB Nitro
Series. This represents a major advance for the storage industry since it
combines maximum density with high performance and low power demand. Four
of these drives deliver 4TB in the same space as a standard 3.5-inch HDD,
so server footprint requirements and energy consumption in data-intensive
applications can be considerably reduced.

The 1TB Nitro SSD is the most compact SSD per gigabyte: 15.40GB per cubic
centimeter in a 2.5-inch form-factor — at least three times greater than
any other SSD on the market. This high density in a small form factor has
been achieved through innovative engineering techniques coupled with
advanced industrial design that yields an exceptionally thin enclosure.

This Nitro line of high-performance solid-state drives is designed for
applications where data throughput and power consumption are paramount:
server, networking, datacenter, supercomputing, and professional media.
These applications require fast transfer speeds and involve the storage of
massive amounts of data. pureSilicon has benchmarked these drives at speeds
approaching the maximum bus speed of SATA II (300 MB/s).

Feature summary
— 1TB SSD in 2.5-inch form-factor (highest density ever at
— 300MB/s SATA II interface
— Industry-leading performance
— State-of-the-art industrial design

Specifications – Nitro Series SSD:

Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB

— Transfer rate: 300MB/sec
— Sustained read: 240MB/sec
— Sustained write: 215MB/sec
— Random read (IOPS 4K): 50,000
— Random write (IOPS 4K): 10,000
— Latency < 100 µsec

— MTTF: 2.0 million hours

— Temperature (operating): 0°C to +70°C
— Temperature (non-operating): -45°C to +85°C
— Shock (operating): 1500G, duration 0.5ms, half sine wave
— Vibration (operating): 20G peak, 10~2,000Hz, x3 axis

— Active: 4.8W typical
— Idle: 0.1W typical

— 2.5in form factor: 100.2mm x 69.85mm x 9.5mm

pureSilicon also offers FIPS-compliant, rugged SSD

Also on display on the pureSilicon booth is the recently announced Renegade
Series Solid-State Drives (SSD), the first SSDs to integrate hardware-based
encryption approved by the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS).
The Renegade SSD is also compliant with MIL-STD-810F, a military standard
that requires the SSD to sustain reliable operation during a series of
rigorous tests that validate its ability to endure the extreme environments
typically seen in industrial and military applications.

The pureSilicon Renegade SSD addresses the demands of the most challenging
environments where heat, vibration, and humidity preclude the use of
traditional hard disk drives or regular, ‘consumer-grade’ SSDs. A dedicated
on-board cryptographic processor provides hardware-driven 256-bit AES
encryption that delivers instantaneous encryption and decryption of data
without degrading performance.

Green philosophy

pureSilicon is committed to energy efficiency and develops storage products
that yield high performance per watt. Whether the goal is to increase
productivity in a mobile environment or reduce energy costs in a data
center, deploying pureSilicon SSDs will help achieve successful results.
Legacy storage products such as hard disk drives are becoming less
energy-efficient as manufacturers strive for higher performance; SSDs offer
superior performance scalability while achieving significantly lower energy

Available in early 2009

pureSilicon has begun sampling its Renegade SSD units on a limited basis to
select customers, with shipments expected to commence in the first quarter
of 2009. The Nitro Series SSDs will be available in Q3 2009, pricing TBD.
For more information about the pureSilicon Nitro or Renegade Series SSD or
to order samples, please contact [email protected].

About pureSilicon Inc.

pureSilicon designs, manufactures, and markets non-volatile, solid-state
storage devices based on Flash memory technologies. Headquartered in New
Jersey, the company specializes in developing leading-edge Solid-State
Drives (SSDs) that meet the demands of the most discriminating
environments. pureSilicon offers an extensive line of Flash-based memory
solutions specifically targeting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
and original design manufacturers (ODMs). For more information visit

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Comments (2 Responses):

What is the price of these 1TB SSD monsters?

@ Mangoo
To my knowledge, these drives are yet be to released/priced. Look out for them in Q3 this year.

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