Plextor confirms March launch for M2S SSD series

Plextor has confirmed that it will be launching its next-generation M2S solid-state drive series in the UK this month, bringing with it SATA 6.0Gb/s connectivity and the company's unique Instant Restore functionality.

Designed to increase the lifespan of the drive - resulting in a device that lasts upwards of ten years, the company claims - Plextor Instant Restore is designed as a companion technology to Intel's TRIM - which is also supported on the M2S series.

Although the company is being cagey about the technical details, Instant Restore apparently acts as an additional system of wear-levelling, combined with a method of preventing the slowdown that can occur once an SSD has been written to a few times - resulting in a drive that, in theory, remains as fast throughout its life as the day it was purchased.

Based on the Marvell 88SS9174 controller, rather than the more common SandForce 2000-series, the M2S drives include support for SATA 6.0Gb/s for transfer speeds of up to 480MB/s read and 330MB/s write. These impressive transfer rates are helped on their way thanks to a generous 128GB of DDR3 cache memory on each model.

While aimed at premium consumers, Plextor's M2S series includes enterprise-friendly specifications - including a 1.5 million hour 'mean time between failures' specification, backed by a three year on-site warranty service. The drives will also ship with imaging software included, making it easy for users to transfer their operating systems and data files from an older drive to their shiny new SSD.

Launching later this month in Germany to be followed by a UK launch before April, the M2S series will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities - all based on a 32nm NAND flash process size. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, but European pricing of €170, €299, and €589 offers a clue as to what we'll be expected to pay.