Fusion-io releases 1.6TB flash card, HP preps workstations for them

HP to ship the 1.6TB ioFX card in its Z-class workstations

Fusion-io announced a new version of its ioFX workstation flash module that has more than three times the capacity of its predecessor.

The new Fusion-io ioFX card will offer 1.6TB of capacity. The original version holds 420GB of data.

Fusion-io's ioFX flash card.

The card is intended for use in applications such as video editing and computer-assisted design, as well as 4K and stereoscopic video production.

For the first time, Hewlett-Packard is planning to ship the ioFX card in its Z820, Z620 and Z420 Workstations. HP had previously offered ioFX cards as after-market add-ons.

The new ioFX card has a top speed of 1.4GBps for reads, and 1.1GBps for writes. The previous version of the card had the same write speed, but a 700MBps read speed.

"There are so many more [flash] chips configured in parallel, we naturally get a much higher write performance," said Vincent Brisebois, Fusion-io's director of visual computing. "But, usually write performance is not the focus of workstations."

The 1.6TB Fusion ioFX card will be available this summer. The company will announce pricing when it releases the drive. The 420GB ioFX card, which has been available since last year, has a retail price of $1,995.

Brisebois said Fusion-io hopes to keep the new card's price under four times that of the current card.

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