Designed for enterprise use—so don’t expect it to be in your desktop just yet—there are few extra details at the time of writing. No read-write rates, no capacities, and certainly no pricing. The drive will be available some time in the summer.
What makes it so fast? PC World reports that it’s based on what’s known as the non-volatile memory express (NVMe) interface. That standard was developed back in 2011 by over 80 companies, and it uses fewer layers of commands than in other SSD protocols—such as SATA—making it faster.
The speed can be upped further by adding more lanes to the PCIe interface: Seagates’s previous fastest used 8 lanes to achieve data transfer rates of 4GBps, but the new SSD will use 16 to push that figure up to 10GBps.
Seagate will also provide a new 8-lane SSD which will provide speeds of 6.7GBps—and an associated cost saving. Both will be available in the summer.