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Kingston Launches First SandForce-based Business-Equipped SSD (Updated)

Kingston Launches First SandForce-based Business-Equipped SSD

HSINCHU, Taiwan - Kingston today announced it is shipping SSDNow KC100, the company’s first SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) business-equipped SSD. SSDNow KC100 utilizes the latest award-winning SandForce controller. This powerhouse SSD delivers exceptional performance and instantly boosts the productivity of any client system.

SSDNow KC100 is backed by a five-year warranty to match the industry average for product refresh cycles in the enterprise. Utilizing SandForce’s DuraClass technology,SSDNow KC100 delivers world-class data integrity protection. Corporations can rest assured their data is safe as the drive offers advanced wear leveling and garbage collection to maintain optimal endurance and performance. Data integrity protection runs transparently in the background so it never disrupts daily business.

SSDNow KC100 is the only business-equipped SSD to offer enterprise-level S.M.A.R.T attributes. The SSD’s usage statistics, health and life stage can be monitored with industry standard and publicly available S.M.A.R.T monitoring tools. This provides peace of mind for IT departments knowing their employees are taken care of as the SSDNow KC100 client-side SSDs are reliable and running optimally.

The new SSDNow KC100 self-encrypts to provide full and immediate client-level data encryption. With two embedded encryption engines, running in both AES-128 and AES-256**, encryption is performed at the drive level without draining host system resources and slowing down data transfer rates. SSDNow KC100 is also backwards-compatible with current SATA 2 systems so investments are future-proofed for the next client system upgrade.

SSDNow KC100 ships in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, as a standalone or as an upgrade bundle kit. It is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Kingston SSDNow KC100 Features and Specifications:

  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch
  • Sequential Reads 6Gb/s1:
    SATA Rev. 3.0 – 120GB & 240GB: 555MB/s; 480GB: 540MB/s
    SATA Rev. 2.0 – 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 280MB/s
  • Sequential Writes 6Gb/s:
    SATA Rev. 3.0 – 120GB & 240GB: 510MB/s; 480GB: 450MB/s
    SATA Rev. 2.0 – 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 260MB/s
  • Sustained Random 4K Read/Write2:
    120GB: 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    240GB: 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    480GB: 60,000/45,000 IOPS
  • Max Random 4K Read/Write:
    120GB: 90,000 / 70,000 IOPS
    240GB: 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    480GB: 77,000 / 45,000 IOPS
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s) and SATA Rev 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)
  • Capacity: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB

**update: The KC100 only runs in the 128-bit AES encryption mode.

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