AMD HAS CONFIRMED that it will begin production of solid-state disk (SSD) drives with its own branding aimed at the gaming market.
Produced in association with Toshiba subsiduary OCZ, which shares a chip foundry with Sandisk, the AMD Radeon R7 series devices had been expected, but only now have finally been announced.
As we reported in our earlier story, the drives will indeed come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities based on 19nm chips. It was expected that the range would be announced at next month's IFA exhibition in Berlin, but it seems that the company just couldn't wait.
"The AMD Radeon brand is synonymous with performance and quality amongst PC gamers," said AMD director of memory Roman Kyrychynskyi.
"With the new AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs powered by outstanding OCZ Storage Solutions IP, we bring that reputation to the SSD market with a series of drives that offer an ideal combination of performance, reliability and affordability - great for gamers building or upgrading a rig."
The 480GB version offers read/write rates of 100,000/90,000 IOPS, while Read/Write speeds are 550MBs/530MBs with slightly reduced performance at smaller capacities.
As the branding suggests, the Radeon R7 SSDs are meant to partner with the existing GPU and CPU offerings from AMD, suggesting that a complete AMD branded gaming laptop can only be a matter of time.
Prices for the UK are yet to be announced but will start at $99 in the US for the 120GB capacity.
The Toshiba/Sandisk fabrication plant has already begun production of 15nm chips, which are likely to reach consumer products in the next 12 to 18 months. µ