Mushkin is enering the high-performance SSD market with the "Chronos" solid state drive series based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor.
This series will be Mushkin's first utilizing the SATA Revision 3.0 protocol, providing 6 gigabits per second of bandwidth. The Chronos Series is comprised of two types of products: "Chronos" and "Chronos Deluxe". Chronos Deluxe SSDs utilize high-speed NAND flash memory and are ideal for enthusiasts or those in audio/video production who require the greatest possible bandwidth. Chronos SSDs offer asynchronous flash memory and provide users with SSD speed and functionality at a value-oriented price.
All Chronos SSDs will use controllers by SandForce.
The Chronos SSD series are fast drives with up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write throughput. IOPS will measure up to a 90,000 with 4K random write transfers. Reliability and maintenance features include the SandForce DuraWrite, RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements), Recycler (Garbage Collection), Intelligent Wear Leveling, Read Disturb technologies and Enhanced ECC using BCH and up to 55 bits per 512 byte sector.
Availability of the Chronos Series of SSDs is expected later in June 2011.