Seagate has released a new line of 2.5″ SATA SSDs that will be sold under the BarraCuda name. The BarraCuda drives will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. Seagate will first sell the drives exclusively through Amazon Prime, in September of this year they should become available for everyone.
Because the drives use the SATA interface, sequential reads and writes are limited to around 530MB/s. Seagate specifies random reads at a maximum of 90,000 IOPS, the company doesn’t disclose any random write performance numbers.
Seagate also hasn’t disclosed any technology used in the drives. Because the company is a minor shareholder in Toshiba, Seagate could be using Toshiba’s 3D TLC NAND.