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Appeared on: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Kingston Launches SandForce-based Business-Equipped SSD

Kingston Digital today announced it is shipping the SSDNow KC100, the company?s first SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) business-equipped SSD.

The KC100 utilizes the latest SandForce controller and it is backed by a five-year warranty to match the industry average for product refresh cycles in the enterprise. Utilizing SandForce's DuraClass technology, KC100 delivers data integrity protection.

The SSD?s usage statistics, health and life stage can be monitored with industry standard S.M.A.R.T monitoring tools.

The new KC100 self-encrypts to provide full and immediate client-level data encryption. With two embedded encryption engines, running in both AES-128 and AES-256, encryption is performed at the drive level without draining host system resources and slowing down data transfer rates.

SSDNow KC100 ships in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, as a standalone or as an upgrade bundle kit.

Features and Specifications:

Sequential Reads 6Gb/s:
SATA Rev. 3.0 - 120GB & 240GB: 555MB/s; 480GB: 540MB/s
SATA Rev. 2.0 - 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 280MB/s

Sequential Writes 6Gb/s
SATA Rev. 3.0 ? 120GB & 240GB: 510MB/s; 480GB: 450MB/s
SATA Rev. 2.0 ? 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 260MB/s

Sustained Random 4K Read/Write:
120GB: 20,000/60,000 IOPS
240GB: 40,000/60,000 IOPS
480GB: 60,000/45,000 IOPS

Max Random 4K Read/Write:
120GB: 90,000 / 70,000 IOPS
240GB: 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS
480GB: 77,000 / 45,000 IOPS

Form factor: 2.5"
Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s) and SATA Rev 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)
Guaranteed: five-year Kingston warranty
Enterprise S.M.A.R.T Tools: Reliability Tracking, Usage Statistics, Life Remaining, Power Loss, Wear Leveling, Temperature, Drive Life Protection
Capacity: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
Storage temperatures: -40C - 85C
Operating temperatures: 0C - 70C
Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
Vibration operating: 2.17G
Vibration non-operating: 20G
Operating shock: 1500G
Power specs: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP)

SKC100S3/120G - 120GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD - $337.00
SKC100S3/240G - 240GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD - $650.00
SKC100S3/480G - 480GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD - $1,270.00
SKC100S3B/120G 120GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit - $353.00
SKC100S3B/240G - 240GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit - $665.00
SKC100S3B/480G - 480GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit - $1,285.00



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