Transcend has announced the launch of a brand new SSD with built-in 3D NAND flash. With the growing needs for high-capacity and high-performance storage, Transcend has adopted 3D NAND flash technology for its 2.5” SSD230 solid state drives, boosting storage capacity, transfer rates, and reliability all at once.
To achieve higher densities, 2D planar NAND flash technology shrinks each memory cell onto a single layer of cells. However, this technology increases cell-to-cell interference and hence reduces reliability as it approaches its physical scaling limit. 3D NAND flash was developed to resolve this bottleneck, as it features multiple layers of memory cells stacked vertically.
3D NAND flash not only resolves the density limitations of 2D horizontal NAND, but also boosts read and write performance, as it does not require the invocation of algorithms to prevent data corruption. Free from cell-to-cell interference, state-of-the art 3D NAND flash technology also features higher endurance and lower power consumption.
Besides built-in 3D NAND flash, Transcend’s SSD230 is equipped with a DDR3 DRAM cache that provides an incredible 4K random read and write performance of up to 340MB/s, making it the perfect choice as a boot disk for everyday computing tasks and programs. Taking full advantage of the SATA III 6Gb/s interface and built-in SLC caching technology, the SSD230 achieves exceptional sequential transfer speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 520MB/s write.
In addition to blazing-fast transfer speeds, the SSD230 also features a RAID engine and LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check) coding, a powerful ECC algorithm, to keep data secure. Developed for download and use with Transcend’s SSD products, SSD Scope is advanced, user-friendly software that makes it easier to maintain a healthy and efficient SSD. This software brings together the latest technology to determine the condition and optimize the performance of an SSD.
SSD Scope’s useful features include: drive information and S.M.A.R.T. status monitoring, diagnostic scan, secure erase, firmware update, TRIM enabling, health indication, and system clone. Transcend’s SSD230 solid state drives are offered in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities and backed by Transcend’s Three-year Limited Warranty.