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Super Talent Technology

Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of the JEDEC and ONFI. With over 250 patents, the company was ranked in the top 50 of the Wall Street Journal's Patent ScorecardTM for the IT industry three consecutive times.

see also:- Super Talent - editor mentions on StorageSearch.com and Super Talent's SSD page

  • Whos who in SSD? - by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - March 2012

    Super Talent makes a range of flash SSDs in 1.8", 2.5", 3.5" and PCIe form factors.

    I used to think of them as a consumer SSD company with aspirations in the enterprise market.

    But recently Super Talent has invested more resources into expanding their PCIe SSD product line.

    Their RAIDDrive models use 4 SandForce controllers inside and are available in various widths, lengths and RAID cache sizes - delivering R/W speeds upto 2.4/2.8 GB/s and MLC capacity from about 220GB to 2TB.
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Super Talent - recent milestones from SSD market history

In December 2008 - Super Talent Technology said it will sample a new range of 2.5" SATA flash SSDs in January 2009. The SLC unit has 128GB capacity and R/W speeds upto 230/170 MB/sec. The MLC unit has 256GB capacity and R/W speeds upto 200/160 MB/sec.

In April 2009 - Super Talent Technology pre-announced its RAIDDrives SSD product line. This connects via PCIe and supports up to 2TB of RAID5 protected MLC flash storage. R/W performance is upto 1.2GB/s and 1.3GB/s respectively. More details are promised in June 2009.

In May 2009 - Super Talent announced new firmware for its UltraDrive ME series 2.5" SSDs. This includes what the company calls a "Performance Refresh Tool" to fix performance degradation problems in its earlier generation of SSDs. Although some commentators on the web have attributed such problems to fragmentation - that's completely incorrect!

Since the access time for random reads in a well designed SSD is nearly identical for all locations - the real problem in Super Talent's SSDs (and some models from Intel) was due to badly designed products which were rushed to market too soon without adequate testing.

For a deeper look at these issues see Can you trust flash SSD specs & benchmarks? - published nearly a year ago - which first alerted buyers to these problems. See also:- SSD controllers and IP.

In March 2010 - Super Talent Technology announced imminent availability of a new encrypted USB 3 flash SSD - with upto 256GB capacity. The USB 3.0 SuperCrypt is a true SSD (with wear-leveling). Internally the module (95 x 34 x 15.4 mm) is a SATA SSD with a USB bridge chip.

In June 2010 - Super Talent Technology announced availability of a new range of 2.5" SATA MLC SSDs which use SandForce controllers. Capacities and street prices are as follows:- 60GB $199 , 120GB $349, 240GB $669, 480GB (contact vendor). And the company entered the 2.5" SAS SSD market by announcing imminent shipments of its ShuttleCraft brand - which includes SLC and MLC models with capacities upto 240GB.

In September 2010 - Super Talent launched a range of 1.8" and 2.5" PATA SSDs for industrial temperature operation - and with secure erase.

In January 2011 - Super Talent speeded up its DuraDrive range of 2.5" industrial SSDs with a new SATA model which has sequential R/W speeds of 125MB/s, 110MB/s respectively. As you might guess from the performance figures - Super Talent's "DuraDrives" don't use SandForce's DuraClass technology. But SandForce processors are used in Super Talent's TeraDrive SSDs.

In August 2011 - Super Talent launched the USB 3.0 Express ST2 - with 67MB/s read, 24MB/s write speeds. MSRP for the 8GB ST2 is $20 USD. Measuring 70 x 18 x 8 mm, the ST2 is as small as many USB 2.0 flash drives and won't block adjacent ports.

In June 2013 - Super Talent Technology launched a new entry level (800MB/s) PCIe hybrid SSD which combines 192GB of flash with an integrated hard drive.
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Super Talent launches PCIe hybrid SSD
Editor:- June 12, 2013 - Super Talent Technology today launched a new entry level (800MB/s) PCIe hybrid SSD which combines 192GB of flash with an integrated hard drive. The company says that their new Super Hybrid product line is "the solution for high performance storage at a low cost."

Editor's comments:- As "price" is the sole reason why consumers would want to look at this product I was surprised it wasn't mentioned in the press release. I asked the question - and if I find out - I'll add a note here later.

The word "enterprise" also appeared hopefully in Super Talent's blurb about this product. But saying so - doesn't make it so.

BTW - OCZ launched a very similar hybrid called the RevoDrive Hybrid back in August 2011. See also:- hybrid SSDs, not all PCIe SSDs are the same
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