Lite-On to Enter SSD Market

PC builders will recognize Lite-On as one of the most prominent manufacturers of affordable and capable optical drives. Now the company is apparently looking to do something similar in the SSD market.

In a recent press release, Lite-On’s US distributor outlines the plans for CES 2015, which include multiple SSD launches – or at least multiple versions of the same product. The Lite-On SSD will be available in several form factors, including 2.5” drives in both 9.5mm and the thinner, ultrabook-adapted 7mm format as well as 1.8”, half-slim and mSATA.

According to the press release, the SSDs are equipped with TrueSpeed – a technology that allegedly prevents the write speed degradations that occur in SSDs over time. This sounds like some sort of garbage collection or TRIM-related feature, which are present in SSDs from all major manufacturers today.

Nevertheless, Chinese website Expreview has added some additional details not mentioned in the press release:

The drive’s name is Zeta and will use 16nm MLC NAND from Hynix. It will be available in capacities ranging from 128 GB to 512 GB that offer sequential read transfer rates of up to 520 MB/s. The write speeds will range from a humble 150 MB/s in the smallest model to 430 MB/s in the largest.

While these specs look decent, the most important factor is the Zeta’s price. According to Expreview, the price tags should translate to about $70 for the 128 GB model, $130 for 256 GB and $260 for the 512 GB variant.

Update and clarification: The Zeta series is not the first SSD products from Lite-On. As an OEM, the company has developed SSDs in several form factors, including 2.5″ drives sold under the Plextor brand name. It has also produced SATA and mSATA SSDs for use in specific Dell systems. H/t to Xebozone for pointing this out in the comments.

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