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Angelbird Ltd. Introduces “Wings,” a low-cost PCIe SSD for PCs. $239 for 16 Gbytes

Comments(0)Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The fastest way to get high performance from an SSD is to bypass the disk interface and plug the SSD directly into the PC’s PCIe port. Vendors of high-performance (read “expensive”) SSDs do just that. So just where does startup (or is that “upsart”) Angelbird Ltd. get the moxie to announce a PCIe-based SSD card that sells for $239? The card is called “Wings” and is said to boot on PCs and Macs. For $239, you get a base card with 16 Gbytes of NAND Flash storage. A second version of the card with 32 Gbytes of SSD is also offered. Both cards implement a 4-lane version of PCIe. However, the really innovative feature of the Wings PCIe SSD card is that it acts as a carrier for as many as four add-on SSDs. The add-on cards look like SATA drives minus the aluminum case and they plug into four sockets on the PCIe carrier card. With four drives snapped into place, the Wings card delivers peak read/write speeds of 1081/945 Mbytes/sec.

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