Fixstars announces six-terabyte Solid State Drive

Fixstars announces six-terabyte Solid State Drive

The world's first 6TB Solid State Drive (Fixstars SSD-6000M) is accepting orders and it will be shipped to customers in the United States in late July. That's the news from Fixstars, which has announced a 2.5" SSD with a capacity of 6TB. The announcement on Thursday said it was the world's largest 2.5-inch SATA SSD. The Fixstars SSD-6000M will use 15nm flash memory packed into a 2.5″ form factor. Read speeds are expected to be up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s for sequential access.

Fixstars in the announcement said that, "As with the Fixstars SSD-3000M," the proprietary SSD controller enables stable, high I/O performance for sequential access throughout the lifetime of the drive. This has been very effective, said the company, in video recording, medical imaging, big data analysis, network infrastructure and industrial applications.

SlashGear's JC Torres summed up what he found so special about the debut, namely, size. "Fixstars claims it just one upped the industry. At least for now. The 6 TB of its upcoming SSD-6000M might not sound that much in the face of 8 TB drives, but it has one thing no other SSD can claim: a 2.5-inch size." He said larger 4 or 8 TB SSDs are usually used for servers or racks, but a 2.5-inch 6 TB SSD "is definitely something worth bragging about."

The SSD-6000M "grows" the company's product line. Satoshi Miki, the CEO said that "Since our SSD's capacity is now able to compete with high-end hard drives, we feel our product can draw the attention of data centers as well." Earlier this year, Fixstars announced it had started sales to North American markets of 1TB SSD-1000M and 3TB SSD-3000M solid state drives.

And now for the 6TB SSD… but at what price? Information was not yet available. Ubergizmo 's Adnan Farooqui made the point on Sunday that "Those who would rather use SSDs than HDDs are however limited in their options, because high capacity SSDs are still not mainstream and they're also very expensive.

Matthew Humphries, senior editor for, similarly made the point that SSDs still carry a much higher price than hard drives, "but the benefits in terms of speed and power use are clear, and in a lot of cases worth the added cost," he added. (The company's subhead to its Thursday announcement read, "Speed up your application with consistent, fast sequential throughput.") As for who would snap up the 6TB SSDs, Humphries noted the growing demand in the market for large SSDs in the datacenter.

JC Torres in SlashGear said that this type of storage isn't targeted primarily at consumer devices like laptops anyway. "At least not yet. Fixstars envisions that its SSD-6000M will be utilized in cases where stable sequential data access is required, like in multimedia processing, equipment, or ."

Fixstars is now accepting orders; shipping will take place in the U.S. in late July.

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May 11, 2015
Nobody will ever need more than 6TB.

May 11, 2015
Nobody will ever need more than 6TB.

It wasn't long ago when 1 GB was more than anyone would ever need.

May 11, 2015
"Nobody will ever need more than 6TB"

Ah, but for the presumptions of those lacking imagination . . .

May 11, 2015
A single hour of 4k @ 30FPS footage is 110GB. Lets say we wanted 240 frames per second... thats 770GB per hour. You need a terabyte just to get Avengers 2 on your box. Not to mention when holographic movies start coming out, and when the thirst for pixels heads for 8 or 16k.

May 11, 2015
In the early 90's, when I bought the first 1GB SCSI drive, I said something similar as Returners, "You'll never be able to fill up 1GB, dad." Looking back, even I'm surprised how naive I was at 17. You should know better, Returners...
I now have over 9TB of home movies on my PC...granted, I almost never watch any of them...but I have them.

May 11, 2015
Wait till we are recording our lives in realtime 3D.

May 11, 2015
I think Returners was being sarcastic... I would imagine holograms taking up a ton of digital space if we had such things.

May 11, 2015
I think Returners was being sarcastic....


May 12, 2015
Maybe SSDs would be more mainstream if they'd bring the price of them down some.

May 16, 2015
Ive never heard of Fixstars before. Are they considered reliable?

May 17, 2015
I would buy one of those. All my machines are homebuilts from the motherboard on up. No cheap jack Hewcrap PackHard for me. Straight full tower case, multiprocessor socketed motherboard, like 4 of the 8 core jobs, 128GB RAM. Run linux. Won't tell you which flavor as that would be 'advertising' and do not do that. Try a 30inch plus 4K monitor running at 256 frames/sec with a pair of hot NVidias or Radions.

May 18, 2015
The TB drive in my laptop is just about full. I'd love one of these!

May 18, 2015
I remember building my first PC back around 1983 or so. I got the biggest hard drive I could find for it. My friends said "you'll never fill up 360 megabytes".

After terabytes come petabytes. Unless you're older than me (pushing 60), you'll probably see petabyte drives as standard equipment on new PC's in your lifetime. I might see them, but I'm not really sure how much I have left in the tank over here.

May 20, 2015
The first drive I bought for our video production business was a 5MB for our Macintosh (B&W screen & Floppy drive) using MS Word v1.0 & Excel v1.0. Along with MacDraw we got a lot of use out of the software, that one computer and a dot matrix printer......... Still using Mac but now with multiple TB drives. A 6TB SSD would be fantastic!

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