Distributors jump the gun, sell Corsair 128GB SSD drives early

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Distributors jump the gun, sell Corsair 128GB SSD drives early

Fremont (CA) – Several websites began posting articles yesterday about Corsair’s 128GB 2.5″ SATA II drive, noting that Corsair had not made an official announcement regarding this, their initial entry into the SSD market. TG Daily contacted Corsair and found out that one their suppliers jumped the gun and began offering the drive before their planned release.

Robert Pearce, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist at Corsair Memory Inc., told TG Daily that their company began shipping some of the SSD drives out to distributors before the holidays. However, they did not intend to launch the drives just yet. One of the distributors “jumped the gun and posted them up for sale,” according to Pearce.

While the drive being sold is an unofficially unannounced product, Corsair’s Pearce told TG Daily “I can’t talk about upcoming products but I think it’s probably safe to say that this won’t be our only offering.”

The drive is an MLC NAND-based Corsair model CMFSSD-128GBG1D. It has a Samsung controller, and an unformatted capacity of 128 GB. Read rates are 90 MB/s, while write is 70 MB/s. It uses a SATA II 3 Gb/s interface and has a 100+ year life expectancy (MTBF) and two year manufacturer warranty. It can tolerate 1500 Gs before damage. It is selling in England for 304 pounds (with VAT included), and in the U.S. for $333, as well as at additional locations.