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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Kingston Digital SSDNow KC100 Business-Equipped SSD Launched

  • Extended Five-year Warranty
  • Data Integrity Protection Featuring DuraClass Technology
  • Only Client-based SSD to Offer Enterprise S.M.A.R.T Attributes
  • First SandForce-based Business-Equipped SSD

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping the SSDNow KC100, the company's first SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) business-equipped SSD. KC100 utilizes the latest award-winning SandForce controller. This powerhouse SSD delivers exceptional performance and instantly boosts the productivity of any client system.

KC100 is backed by a five-year warranty to match the industry average for product refresh cycles in the enterprise. Utilizing SandForce's DuraClassTM technology, KC100 delivers world-class data integrity protection. Corporations can rest assured their data is safe as the drive offers advanced wear leveling and garbage collection to maintain optimal endurance and performance. Data integrity protection runs transparently in the background so it never disrupts daily business.

KC100 is the only business-equipped SSD to offer enterprise-level S.M.A.R.T attributes. The SSD's usage statistics, health and life stage can be monitored with industry standard and publicly available S.M.A.R.T monitoring tools. This provides peace of mind for IT departments knowing their employees are taken care of as the KC100 client-side SSDs are reliable and running optimally.

"Kingston is thrilled to offer the new business-equipped KC100 SSD to enterprises," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "Data integrity is important to every company and the KC100 is sure to deliver the highest standards of data protection on the client systems in which it is installed. Users can rest assured that with the combination of its endurance, reliability and performance, KC100 will become a very important asset in the workplace."

The new KC100 self-encrypts to provide full and immediate client-level data encryption. With two embedded encryption engines, running in both AES-128 and AES-256, encryption is performed at the drive level without draining host system resources and slowing down data transfer rates. KC100 is also backwards-compatible with current SATA 2 systems so investments are future-proofed for the next client system upgrade.

A video with more information on the KC100 business-equipped SSD is available here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/_6PTLFG43UA.

SSDNow KC100 ships in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, as a standalone or as an upgrade bundle kit. It is backed by a five-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit http://www.kingston.com/.

Kingston SSDNow KC100 Features and Specifications:

  • Sequential Reads 6Gb/s:
    • SATA Rev. 3.0 - 120GB & 240GB: 555MB/s; 480GB: 540MB/s
    • SATA Rev. 2.0 - 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 280MB/s
  • Sequential Writes 6Gb/s
    • SATA Rev. 3.0 - 120GB & 240GB: 510MB/s; 480GB: 450MB/s
    • SATA Rev. 2.0 - 120GB, 240GB & 480GB: 260MB/s
  • Sustained Random 4K Read/Write:
    • 120GB: 20,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    • 240GB: 40,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    • 480GB: 60,000/45,000 IOPS
  • Max Random 4K Read/Write
    • 120GB: 90,000 / 70,000 IOPS
    • 240GB: 95,000 / 60,000 IOPS
    • 480GB: 77,000 / 45,000 IOPS
  • Form factor: 2.5"
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s) and SATA Rev 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)
  • Guaranteed: five-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
  • Enterprise S.M.A.R.T Tools: Reliability Tracking, Usage Statistics, Life Remaining, Power Loss, Wear Leveling, Temperature, Drive Life Protection
  • Capacity: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
  • Storage temperatures: -40°C - 85°C
  • Operating temperatures: 0°C - 70°C
  • Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G
  • Operating shock: 1500G
  • Power specs: 0.455 W (TYP) Idle / 1.6 W (TYP) Read / 2.05 W (TYP) Write

Kingston SSDNow KC100 Business Equipped Solid-State Drive

Part number

Capacity and features

MRSP (U.S. only)

SKC100S3/120G

120GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD

$ 337.00

SKC100S3/240G

240GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD

$ 650.00

SKC100S3/480G

480GB KC100 Stand-alone SSD

$ 1,270.00

SKC100S3B/120G

120GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit

$ 353.00

SKC100S3B/240G

240GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit

$ 665.00

SKC100S3B/480G

480GB KC100 Upgrade Bundle Kit

$ 1,285.00

Based on "out-of-box performance" with ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.41. Speed may vary due to host hardware software and usage

Based on "out-of-box performance" with IOMeter08

Please note: Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston's memory Guide at kingston.com/flash_memory_guide.

About Kingston Digital, Inc.
Kingston Digital, Inc. ("KDI") is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit http://www.kingston.com/


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