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Kingston Unleashes HyperX SSD

Kingston Technology announced that it is working with SandForce Inc. to launch its first SATA 6Gb/s SSD targeted at enthusiasts, gamers and performance users.

For more information visit: www.kingston.com


Unedited press release follows:

Kingston Digital Unveils First SandForce-based SSD

• SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) SSD for Enthusiasts, Gamers, Performance Users
• Highest Performing Kingston SSD
• HyperX Upgrade Kit for Easy Installation

COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. –COMPUTEX Taipei — Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it has teamed up with SandForce® Inc., a leader in high-performance SSD (Solid-State Drive) processors, to launch its first SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) based SSD targeted at enthusiasts, gamers, and performance users. The Kingston HyperX® SSD features the latest and most reliable SandForce controller to date, and is also available as a bundle with the HyperX Upgrade Kit for easy installation.

Shipping in 120GB and 240GB capacities, the HyperX SSD is based on SandForce SF-2281 controllers featuring SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s). It allows for incredible sequential read/write throughputs of 525/480MB/s, IOPS of 40,000/60,000 (240GB), and SandForce DuraClass™ Technology to provide best in class endurance.

Enthusiasts have long known the Kingston HyperX brand as the industry leader in cutting edge memory. The new HyperX SSD continues this tradition of innovation and high performance by pairing the latest SandForce controller with Intel® 25nm compute NAND (P/E 5K) to provide the performance and endurance that the most demanding users require.

“This launch is very exciting for us at Kingston. The SandForce controller allows us to deliver the high-end performance that is needed for power-users, gamers, and enthusiasts,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “Integrating a final production quality controller and firmware, and undergoing extensive testing has been an exacting process, but well worth the wait. By pairing SandForce’s latest controller with Intel 25nm compute NAND (P/E 5K), we have built an SSD that meets the requirements set by true enthusiasts.”

Key Features of the Kingston HyperX SSD:
•    Intel 25nm Compute NAND (P/E 5K):
5K compute NAND provides significant endurance increase over standard 3K cycle NAND.

•    Advanced Wear-Leveling Technology:
Advanced algorithm ensures individual flash memory blocks are consumed at a very balanced rate enabling maximum endurance while maintaining optimal performance.

•    User Configurable Over Provisioning*:
The HyperX SSD allows for user configurable over provisioning, which enables the user to tweak the SSD’s performance per their specific performance needs. The user can increase the size of the over provisioned spare area; consequently, reducing the overall capacity of the drive while increasing the speed and performance.

•    TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. Support:
With additional support for both TRIM and S.M.A.R.T., the HyperX SSD is equipped with all essential tools enthusiasts, heavy users, and gamers need to make the most of their PC’s performance and drive endurance.

•    DuraClass™ Technology:
DuraClass Technology represents a set of NAND Flash management features that work in tandem to deliver world-class SSD reliability, performance, and power efficiency that differentiate SandForce SSD Processors from other Flash controllers.

•    HyperX Upgrade Kit Includes:
- Acronis® True Image™ HD migration software
- HyperX 2.5″ Desktop Mounting Plate
- HyperX USB External Drive Bay
- HyperX Multi-Head Screwdriver
- HyperX SATA Data Cable

The Kingston HyperX SSD is backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 tech support, and legendary Kingston reliability. It will ship on July 11, 2011. For more information visit www.kingston.com

Kingston HyperX SSD Features and Specifications:

Sequential speed**:
Sequential read 6Gb/s: 525MB/s
Sequential write 6Gb/s: 480MB/s

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

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

Form factor: 2.5″
Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) and Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Guaranteed: three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
Capacity1: 120GB, 240GB
Storage temperatures: -40°C – 85°C
Operating temperatures: 0°C – 70°C
Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
Vibration operating: 2.17G
Vibration non-operating: 20G
Operating shock: 1500G
Power specs:
120GB: 0.455W (TYP) Idle / 1.6W (TYP) Read / 2.0W (TYP) Write
240GB: 0.455W (TYP) Idle / 1.5W (TYP) Read / 2.05W (TYP) Write

* This over provisioning feature is executed at the user’s own risk and will require third-party software to partition the drive. Kingston will not provide any tools to execute this feature.

** Based on internal testing. Performance may vary based on system settings.

1 Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at Kingston.com/Flash_Memory_Guide.

Kingston HyperX SSD
Part number    Capacity and features    MRSP (U.S. only)
SH100S3/120G    120GB Stand-alone SSD    TBD
SH100S3/240G    240GB Stand-alone SSD    TBD
SH100S3B/120G    120GB HyperX Bundle Kit    TBD
SH100S3B/240G    240GB HyperX Bundle Kit    TBD

About Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures, and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, and China, and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia, India, Taiwan, China, and Latin America. For more information, please call 800-337-8410 or visit www.kingston.com.

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