Transcend has announced its first SSDs based on 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The MTE850-series drives are aimed at the higher-end of the market and promise up to 2.5 GB/s sequential read speed along with endurance-related advantages of 3D NAND.

Transcend does not disclose exact specifications of all its new MTE850 series SSDs, but only shows their pictures as well as performance numbers for the flagship 512 GB model. The images reveal a controller covered with an aluminum heat spreader, and the only contemporary controller that supports 3D NAND and comes with such a heat spreader is Silicon Motion’s SM2260 (which uses two ARM Cortex cores and has eight NAND flash channels) Technically the SM2260 can support LDPC ECC technology and 256-bit AES although this has to be enabled in firmware. At present, only Micron sells SSD-graded 3D MLC NAND to some of its partners, so it is logical to assume that the MTE850 drives use Micron. Transcend is the third company to offer an SSD family featuring 3D MLC and SM2260 after ADATA and Mushkin, so the drives are going to have rivals that offer similar performance and functionality.

Transcend’s MTE850 family consists of three models with 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB capacities that come in M.2-2280 form-factor and use a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. The manufacturer rates MTE850’s sequential read performance at up to 2.5 GB/s and its write performance at up to 1.1 GB/s when pseudo-SLC caching is used. When it comes to random performance, Transcend does not publish any numbers at all, but we know that the SM2260 controller is officially capable of up to 120K/140K 4KB read/write IOPS, although the final value for these drives will be firmware dependent.

Transcend MTE850 Specifications
Capacity 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Model Number TS128GMTE850 TS256GMTE850 TS512GMTE850
Controller Silicon Motion SM2260
Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2
Sequential Read ? ? 2.5 GB/s
Sequential Write ? ? 1.1 GB/s
Random Read IOPS ? ? ?
Random Write IOPS ? ? ?
Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
DRAM Buffer Yes, capacity unknown
TCG Opal Encryption No
Power Management DevSleep, Slumber
Warranty 3 years

The MTE850 SSDs are expected to follow performance trends (the drives are somewhat comparable to Samsung’s 950 Pro released in 2H2015), and it is noteworthy that Transcend became the fourth independent SSD supplier after ADATA, Mushkin and Palit to introduce 3D NAND-based SSDs. We are still a few months away from a wide availability of 3D NAND-powered drives from independent vendors, but such products are getting announced today - we expect to hear more at Computex in June.

Transcend did not disclose MSRPs for its MTE850 drives, but since the SSDs have direct competitors based on the same memory and controller (ADATA’s XPG SX8000-series at $90-$242), it is highly likely that Transcend’s SSDs will be offered at similar price points. The MTE850 drives will be covered by the manufacturer's three-year warranty.

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Source: Transcend

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  • Gasaraki88 - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    Fuck U.2. It's dead on arrival.
  • msabercr - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    No its not, its a DC solution. That's like saying SAS is dead on arrival.
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    "What else is there? You want some more sata ssd's?"
    Of course we "should" all want more SATA SSD's!

    M.2 are a Huge security risk

    If you use Windows, M.2 requires one of the newer Spyware Platforms to boot from
    SATA drives do not!

    Windows 7/8 and 10 will install secure (Non-Microsoft) encryption software correctly and without error messages
    They will allow you to make an encrypted drive without errors and open the encrypted drive you just made, however, the 2nd time you open the encrypted drive using any encryption software on Microsofts Blacklist, the OS gives you a Bluecreen and quickly reboot before you can read the error message, which says (if you record the screen with a camera) that an (unspecified) error has occured and Microsoft is sending the contents of RAM to a Microsoft server for analysis

    The contents of RAM contain your encryption key and the error was that you tried to use "SECURE" encryption you silly noob

    The UEFI BIOS on modern MB's can also be used against you when using Linux

    Keylogging and sending encrypted data also adds to the stress and paranoia surrounding Spyware Platform 10, especially if you have ever read the one sided Agreement

    Claims of Scrubbing Passwords and private info from data sent to Microsoft in no way indicates that they scrub personal data sent to Government Servers

    But hey, it's not really considered Spying until a warrant is issued, am I right?

    SATA SSD's work on older BIOS motherboards with Windows XP
    Secure Encryption also works on XP

    Microsoft Keylogging can be avoided on XP

    ALL Microsoft components can be blocked from Internet access using "certain" aftermarket firewalls in XP but not in Spyware Platforms 7/8 or 10

    Therefore, M.2 SSD's have a Zero Day vulnerability that cannot be patched

    and the 32 digit key identifier attached to every backdoored bitlocker encrypted disk does nothing to stanch the paranoia

    I can go on and on for another hour but the Snowden Interviews that were removed from the Internet said it best

    With any "modern" OS, I can watch you "as you type" and edit your messages (before they are encrypted and sent with WhatsApp or any other end2end encryption product)
  • Gasaraki88 - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    Let's not all wear tinfoil hats now...
  • Gasaraki88 - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    So it sounds like you want us to go back to Windows XP...
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    Don't feed the troll.
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    "So it sounds like you want us to go back to Windows XP..."

    XP won't help....
    You're all screwed

    modern motherboards prevent XP from booting and running a VM from within a Spyware Platform defeats the purpose of having a secure VM

    Buck up little Buckaroo,
    Take yer meds, cinch up that tinfoil hat and sign the non-disclosure agreements...
    Now close yer eyes, cross your fingers and click your heels three times as you chant, I believe this REALLY IS the sourcecode to retail copies of Windows that Microsoft is showing us in a controlled environment, under threat of disclosure to calm our fears

    It's NOT a fake copy
    It's NOT
    It REALLY REALLY isn't
    It MUST be true!

    Microsoft told me so, and they would never lie just to steal our future and control the World for their own benefit.....

    Would they?

    NO NO NO....
    I B E L I E E E E V E
  • msabercr - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    ... <shrug>
  • doggface - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - link

    Someone needs to go back on his meds methinks.
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Thursday, April 6, 2017 - link

    "Someone needs to go back on his meds methinks."

    You would need to be a complete and total moron to think that!

    Everyone on the Planet knows what Microsoft is doing, so denying it only makes you a Liar or and/or an Idiot

    "There isn't a full list of Full telemetry mode data, however; while the company is offering documentation of the kinds of data it can collect, it isn't doing so in the same exhaustive way as it is for the Basic setting. The company is also not offering documentation for older Windows 10 versions nor for the data collection in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1."

    It is easy enough to reverse engineer what Microsoft has done even though they are refusing to document the data gathered in earlier versions of Windows 10 as well as 7 and 8.1

    Microsoft, in Legalspeak, has stated that personal data is not being collected for advertising, but they REFUSE to state that personal data is not being collected or used for other purposes

    you are free to fool yourself, however user comments at every tech site on the Planet clearly show that you are not fooling anyone else with your childish comments

    Try reading the comments doggface, you are very much alone at this point

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