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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 article - animal brands in the SSD market.)

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In March 2009 - PhotoFast launched a 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.

In 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.

PhotoFast 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 notebook 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 - PhotoFast launched the fastest ExpressCard - initially for the Japanese market. R/W speeds are 180MB/s and 100MB/s respectively.

In August 2009 - PhotoFast disclosed details of its G-Monster Quad Drive SSD which includes 4x RAIDed CFast SSDs in a SATA compatible 100mm x 70mm x 9.5mm module.

Also in August 2009 - PhotoFast officially announced details 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.

In November 2009 - PhotoFast today unveiled a new range of 1.8" native PATA MLC regular flash SSDs with internal garbage collection -the G-monster-1.8" IDE V4.

Capacity options include:- 32/64/128/256G. Internal cache is 64MB, R/W speeds are upto 128MB/s and 90MB/s respectively.

PhotoFast 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 benchmarks (which assume 100% duty cycles) but for real life notebook usage it should work adequately. ...Later:- a product review appeared on

In Q1 2010 - PhotoFast became the first SSD manufacturer to market SSDs using SandForce controllers to end users. Previous SandForce inside SSDs from other companies were aimed at the server and industrial markets.

In April 2010 -PhotoFast made its 1st appearance in the 12th quarterly edition of the Top 10 SSD Companies - covering the 1st quarter of 2010.

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 SandForce.

...Later:- in November 2010 - a report in said that Apple had put pressure on PhotoFast to withdraw this MacBook Air compatible SSD.

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