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Plextor Launches True Speed M3 SSDs

Plextor Europe announced its 2.5″ internal M3 Series Solid-State Drives (SSDs), which feature True Speed technology.

For more information visit: www.plextor-digital.com


Unedited press release follows:

New Plextor SSD Promises Peace of Mind for 5 Years

Plextor launches the M3 Series SSD with “True Speed”

December 1, 2011 – Plextor (www.plextor-digital.com), a leading developer of high-performance digital storage technology, has announced the M3 Series Solid State Drive with True Speed technology and an unrivalled 5 year warranty.

Continuing the tradition of breaking boundaries in real-world SSD performance, Plextor use high quality components such as the latest generation Marvell controller chip and Toshiba NAND flash in order to provide users with the world’s fastest SSD in actual use (not just testing).

The M3 Series drive is engineered with True Speed technology in order to deliver consistently high-level performance even after extended periods of time. This commitment is demonstrated through a market-leading 5 year warranty which ensures users can expect not only superb speeds whilst backing-up and transferring data, but confidence in ongoing reliability and excellent customer service.

Capacity     Sequential performance (read/write)     Random performance (read/write)
128 Gb     Up to 510/210 Mb/s     IOPS 4KB, Up to 70,000 IOPS / 50,000 IOPS
256 Gb     Up to 510/360 Mb/s     IOPS 4KB, Up to 70,000 IOPS / 65,000 IOPS

M3 Series Key Features:

• 2.5” Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
• Available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities
• True Speed Technology for sustained performance over time
• Random read and write speeds of 70,000 / 65,000 IOPS
• Uses server-grade Marvell 88SS9174 controller chip
• Supports SATA III 6Gb/s interface and highest quality Japanese NAND flash
• Boasts lowest average annual failure rate (AFR) across industry
• 1.8V power mode for extremely low power consumption
• Unrivalled 5 year on-site warranty and service support

Powered by True Speed technology for sustained performance over time:
Working closely alongside industry-leader Toshiba, Plextor has manufactured the M3 Series drive to use the latest 24nm Toggle NAND flash memory which delivers transmission rates of 133 Mbps – far higher than the standard 40 Mbps offered by traditional SDR technology. Such advanced design ensures the maximum number of read and writes, to increase the reliability and longevity of the M3 Series drive. What’s more, the flash technology includes a 1.8V power mode, resulting in an extremely low power consumption to help preserve energy for a more eco-friendly and economical solution.

The high-speed Toshiba memory has been coupled with the latest generation of Marvell’s server-grade controller which supports the SATA 6Bb/s interface, resulting in a super fast random read/write speed of 70,000/65,000 IOPS and up to 525MB/s and 445MB/s sequential read/write speed, ensuring users have optimum response times when transferring data.

With accelerated technology supported by a range of exclusive Plextor firmware including the patented Instant Restore (helping to maintain the performance of the drive at the initial levels even after long periods of time), these components together form part of True Speed, a combined technology which allows Plextor M3 drive to deliver sustained high performance throughout its lifespan.

Reliability and performance supported by market-leading 5 year warranty:
Plextor has a commitment to reliability which starts with full and thorough factory testing and conditioning of each M3 drive to ensure long-term stability. Such tests include a 22.5-hour high temperature burn-in test and intense usage simulation, and this rigorous approach has rewarded Plextor with a commendable AFR (annual failure rate) of 0.50% for SSDs – the lowest in the industry.

Plextor are offering an incredible market-leading five year warranty on the M3 Series drive – a clear reflection of the focus in providing long lasting, quality products to consumers and a result of the superior standards used in constructing the components and drives and direct quality control during manufacturing.

Unlike many others of its kind, the M3 drive offers an added level of reassurance with a market leading 5 year warranty plan. The 5 year warranty consists of a 3 year ‘Fast Warranty Service’ (collect & return) across the EU, Norway and Switzerland (1 year elsewhere) and 2 years carry-in service thereafter. Users arrange repairs of non-working products directly with Plextor – so users can feel secure in the knowledge that this must-have device is covered for longer, and avoid the hassle of returning goods to the retailer/third party.

Plextor offers phone support across Europe in 11 languages with local phone numbers for users to dial, with additional email and website support.

Pricing & Availability:
The M3 Series is available from December. Prices have not been confirmed yet.

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