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OCZ shows off Ibis XL 4TB solid-state drive demo

Determined to be the must-see stand at CeBIT 2011 for SSD technology, OCZ has unveiled the Ibis XL - a technology demonstration platform that offers 4TB of storage and incredible read speeds.

The 5.25-inch internal drive features an impressive 4 terabytes (4TB) of solid-state storage capacity, and is capable of churning through 200,000 4K random write IOPS - but it's the overall speed that is likely to turn heads.

The Ibis XL can manage up to 1,800MB/s read and 1,700MB/s write speeds, thanks to the use of OCZ's proprietary High Speed Data Link, or HSDL, technology.

The custom connection, specifically designed for solid-state storage technology, allows the drive to communicate with the supplied PCI Express HBA far more efficiently than a similar SATA controller, pushing data around at speeds of up to 20Gb/s.

Sadly, there's a catch: you can't buy the Ibis XL, and you probably never will. "The Ibis XL will not be for sale," a spokesperson informed us at the event. "It's purely to demonstrate OCZ's ability to customise its technology for virtually any application."

If the Ibis XL has whetted your appetite for the HSDL technology, however, there's good news: while the XL variant is only a tech demo, the 3.5-inch Ibis packs the same technology into a smaller for-sale device.

Featuring SandForce controllers, capacities from 100GB to 960GB, and up to 125K IOPS the Ibis doesn't hold a torch to its larger sibling - but the speeds of 740MB/s read and 720MB/s write are still pretty impressive.

Sadly, you can expect to pay for the privilege: available now, the top-end 960GB Ibis SSD will set you back around £1,900.