LSI: New features in SandForce processors boost ultrabook performance

John Hilliard

LSI Corp. announced this week new features for its lineup of SandForce SF-2200/2100 client flash storage processors, which the company said will improve energy efficiency and performance for solid-state drives (SSDs) used in ultrabooks.

The processors, which are used to manage flash memory in solid-state drives, are aimed at the market of lightweight laptops that rely on SSDs, and thin batteries that aim to bridge the gap between tablets and traditional laptop computers.

According to LSI, their

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SandForce SF-2200/2100 processors can reduce system boot and wake times, and have energy-reducing abilities that can help lengthen battery life for up to one additional hour.

According to one study, ultrabooks could represent more than one-third of all notebook shipments by 2016.

The LSI processors support 6 Gbps SATA for SSDs with 24 GB to 512 GB of storage space, plus the processors are built to fit inside the industry's standard size for ultrabook design. The company said it has already shipped 10 million of its SandForce flash storage processors.

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