Take four Indilinx Everest controllers, put them behind custom OCZ FPGAs that implement its own VCA (RAID-like) architecture and you've got the Chiron. The complete enclosure provides support for up to 4TB of NAND, making it a very pricey but viable option if you need a ton of solid state storage in a standard 3.5" form factor.


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  • clarkn0va - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    4 TB of SSD in RAID over a single SATA connection? Seems like an expensive recipe for disappointment.

    Not that SATA 3 is objectively 'slow' by any measure, but relative to what's in the package, then yeah, I think it looks like a bit of a choke point.

    And while I'm at it, does Linux support TRIM for RAID devices yet? I seem to recall that Windows does, but then we're back to my original gripe of putting precious cargo in crappy packages.
  • jontech - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    Over Thunderbolt would help, give it 40 percent more room to breathe...
  • mcnabney - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    I thought TRIM for RAID was one of the few new features of Win8.
  • clarkn0va - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    I think this is the article I was thinking of:


    So it's Intel, not MS that has added TRIM for RAID0, but I'm assuming that means that Windows users will see the benefits first. Then again, it could be in the newer Linux kernels too and just slipped under my radar.
  • FaaR - Friday, January 13, 2012 - link

    Why would it be a disappointment? The customers that would buy something like this don't care about raw file I/O speed (only clueless internet nerds with epeen obsessions do), it's IOPS these people are interested in, and for that purpose SATA3 wouldn't be much of a barrier seeing as a single SSD today typically manages only a couple dozen MB/s at small block size transfers.
  • Romulous - Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - link

    Don't by confused by the word raid in the article. Internally it's raid, but the OS will see it as a single device.
  • Slash3 - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    Oxymoron: OCZ's VCA layer is intended to address the issue of TRIM support within a RAID set. The RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS is supposed to use this new VCA layer to enable TRIM too, but nobody seems to be able to purchase one and I haven't seen a single review yet.


    I think the RevoDrive hybrid also uses it.
  • Slash3 - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    Whoops, typed the wrong word for the reply attribution. Clarkn0va. :)
  • icrf - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    I know I'm not in the target market, but I always like to see suggested pricing on things like this to help fuel that money-is-no-object / independently-wealthy fantasy.

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