Mobile Mode, Inc., based in Nishi-ku Nagoya-City, Japan markets
a range of flash SSDs which are marketed under the PhotoFast G-Monster brand.
(Discussed in the StorageSearch.com article -
animal brands in
the SSD market.)
In March 2009 - PhotoFast
PCIe SSD for the
Windows Vista / XP market - the G-Monster-PCIe Turbo Speed SSD.
Capacity options include:- 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. Both MLC and SLC options are
available. The flash array includes onboard RAID protection and has R/W speeds
upto 750MB/s and 700MB/s respectively.
May 2009 - PhotoFast said it had tweaked the performance of its
G-Monster-PCIe Turbo Speed SSD up to 991MB/s write and 969MB/s for reads.
also launched its G-Monster 1.8"
SATA SSD with internal 64MB DRAM cache and upto 128GB capacity. It supports
R/W speeds upto 230MB/s and 160MB/s respectively. The company says - what's
important in this type of
product is not just sequential R/W throughput for large blocks - but also write
performance for small random blocks. It claims its 12MB/s (for 4KB blocks) is
best in class.
In June 2009 -
initially for the Japanese market. R/W speeds are 180MB/s and 100MB/s
In August 2009 -
details of its
Quad Drive SSD which includes 4x RAIDed CFast SSDs in a SATA compatible
100mm x 70mm x 9.5mm module.
Also in August 2009 -
of its "1 inch"
CFast compatible MLC SSDs which had been mentioned as a component in its RAID
product launched earlier this month. Capacities are 8, 16 and 32GB. R/W speeds
are 100MB/s and 50MB/s respectively.
Capacity options include:- 32/64/128/256G. Internal cache is
64MB, R/W speeds are upto 128MB/s and 90MB/s respectively.
says that its internal hardware garbage collection makes the SSD especially
suited to traditional OS's which don't have TRIM such as XP. The drive
rearranges itself when the laptop is in idle time. The benefits might not shine
through in server style
assume 100% duty cycles) but for real life notebook usage it should work
adequately. ...Later:- a product review appeared on
Q1 2010 -
the first SSD manufacturer to market SSDs using
to end users. Previous
inside SSDs from other companies were aimed at the server and industrial
In October 2010 -
PhotoFast said it
will ship a 256GB USB
SSD for the
MacBook Air at the end of November. Sustained R/W speeds are 250MB/s.
Random R/W speeds are 50MB/s and 30MB/s respectively. It uses a controller from
in November 2010 - a report in
said that Apple had put pressure on PhotoFast to withdraw this MacBook Air