AMD Readying New R7 And R9 SSDs Aimed At Performance SSD Segment
Last month, AMD silently launched their budget-oriented Radeon R3 Solid State Drive, which was interesting at the time as R7 performance drives were at the end of their lives. Now, AMD is planning to again enter the performance SSD market with new R7 and R9 SSDs to be released shortly.
Let’s start with R3, we know that company partnered with Galt Advanced Technology to produce this SSD. AMD made its jump to SK Hynix TLC NAND and SM2256 controller for R3, due to the increasing ability of TLC to be competitive in terms of price and delivering good performance.
AMD Radeon R3 SSD uses the single-core SMI SM2256 controller paired with TLC from Toshiba, which is most probably built on the 19nm or 15nm process. SSDs come in four capacities ranging from 120GB to 960GB.
AMD claims that R3 drives delivers 10x more speed then the traditional hard drives.
However, AMD realizes that there is quite a market for performance Solid State Drives, and new R7 and R9 will try to grab an opportunity in the performance SSD market.
These drives will release in SATA form factor and also for M2 and even for NVMe format as well. However, it is yet unknown that AMD will partner with whom in order to manufacture these drives.
It seems somewhat weird that a chip maker company would try to make its way in DRAM and SSD market, but these are low risk and low budget ventures.
The company hopes to attract system integrators by delivering a complete solution, and wants the system integrators to see the value in getting everything from one source to simplify support.
What do you think of AMD`s decision to go on such a venture? Share your thoughts in the comments.