pureSilicon announces Kage K1 SATA and USB SSDs, up for pre-order now

It seems like only yesterday that pureSilicon released its new Nitro N2 and Renegade S4 SSDs. Today, the company followed up on that announcement with the Kage K1 USB SSD, and the Kage K1 SATA SSD. The former is a USB 3.0-based SSD drive that measures around 4.5mm in thickness and offers up to 240GB of MLC space. It's available for pre-order now, at a price of $230, with shipments expected to start up sometime during Q1 of this year. As for the Kage K1 SATA SSD, it's more in line with what you'll find with the aforementioned Nitro N2 and Renegade S4 varieties. Capable of delivering up to 6Gb/s, the eMLC NAND flash memory-based SATA SSD promises reading speeds of up to 540 MB / sec, writing speeds of 520 MB / sec, and boasts up to 400 GB of usable eMLC. That'll cost you a bit more, though, with a price tag of $975. It too, is available for pre-order now, with shipments slated for early this year.

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pureSilicon Debuts Kage Series High-Performance USB and SATA SSDs
Aimed At Enterprise & Prosumer Markets

"Impossibly thin" Kage Series USB SSD drive redefines the flash drive, offering 240 GB to go; Kage Series SATA drive offers IT administrators the ultimate in price-performance for enterprise power users.

GOLDEN, Colorado – January 18, 2012: pureSilicon™ Inc. (, innovator of high-performance storage technology for the industry's most demanding applications, has launched a new line of enterprise-focused storage devices that give IT administrators high-performance options for power users. The new Kage Series comprises the Kage K1 USB Flash Drive - an "impossibly thin" (4.5 mm) USB 3.0-based SSD drive that redefines portable performance and capacity for mobile enterprise and prosumer users; and the Kage K1 SATA SSD that leverages the advanced technology pioneered in pureSilicon's recently announced Renegade and Nitro devices, making it available at a lower price point aimed at power users in the financial services, science, and engineering sectors, as well as creative professionals who need fast, high-capacity storage for digital media.

"These are the devices that IT managers and prosumers have been asking us to make ever since we launched our range of ultra-performance Nitro and Renegade SSDs," said Jason Breakstone, founder and CEO of pureSilicon. "The Kage Series devices will appeal to anyone that craves more performance and storage capacity from their solid-state drive but doesn't need ruggedized packaging and advanced security features. We're particularly proud of the Kage Series USB, which delivers the essential benefits of an SSD in something the size of a USB drive, while offering high transfer speeds and 240 GB - all in killer packaging."

Kage K1 USB: a 4.5mm-thin flash drive that packs 240GB
The Kage K1 USB SSD features a USB 3.0 interface that brings new levels of performance and storage capacity to customers that need the ultimate in speed, capacity and portability. A novel USB-attached SCSI protocol provides 2-4x performance improvements over other devices on the market by queuing data commands in a fashion similar to that used in SATA and SAS drives. With data storage capacity of 240 GB, the Kage K1 USB offers the highest ever in a 4.5 mm form-factor.

Technical specifications: Kage K1 USB
Up to 240 GB usable MLC
USB 3.0 interface delivering up to 400 MB/s sequential performance
Impossibly thin: 4.5 mm
2X nanometer flash components
Dimensions: 76.75 mm x 22 mm x 4.5 mm (L x W x H)
Pricing starting at: $230 USD

Kage K1 SATA: aimed at power-hungry enterprise users in a broad range of applications
The Kage K1 SATA SSD is based on the technology and features found in pureSilicon's high-end Renegade SSD and Nitro SSD products, but employs eMLC NAND flash memory to bring PureSi's reliability and performance to a wider audience. The Kage SATA series delivers 6 Gb/s and includes a proprietary power supply design called VoltStream™ that monitors power quality and uses solid-state capacitors to provide energy during a host-side power failure.

Technical specifications: Kage K1 SATA
Up to 400 GB usable eMLC: high capacity and reliability
Up to 60K random read and random write IOPS – great for small block-size, system-level workloads
SATA 6 Gb/s interface delivering up to 540 MB/s sequential read, 520 MB/s sequential write
Self-encrypting drive for data security
VoltStream: an innovative technology that monitors power quality and provides a safe power-fail mechanism using solid-state ceramic capacitors
Dimensions: 100.2 mm x 69.85 mm x 7.0/9.5 mm (L x W x H)
Pricing starting at: $975 USD

Energy-efficient and planet-friendly
pureSilicon is committed to energy efficiency and designs storage products that yield high performance per Watt. Whether the goal is to increase productivity in a mobile environment or reduce energy costs in a datacenter, deploying pureSilicon SSDs will help achieve these objectives. Legacy storage products such as hard disk drives are becoming less energy-efficient as manufacturers strive for higher performance, whereas SSDs offer superior performance and scalability, with lower energy consumption.

Both products will be available for pre-order today on, and will begin shipping in late Q1. Volume orders should contact our sales team directly at