Just last year ZOTAC launched their first storage devices in the form of a new premium SATA SSD range, and this year they're looking to broaden their offerings into the high-end market/workstation in the form of a new PCI-E SSD.
The card, which at present doesn't appear to have a definitive product name, will be immediately recognisable thanks to the striking silver heatspreader with ZOTAC branding front and rear. Performance should be pretty impressive too - the manufacturers are claiming sequential read speeds around the 2 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) mark due to a Phison controller and Toshiba 10nm TLC NAND, whilst the card as a whole makes use of a four-lane PCI-E 3.0 interface. Naturally, the drive should will serve as a bootable device if required.
It's not currently clear if the card merely serves as a bracket for an M.2 drive, or it an M.2 variant is in the works.
One tiny spot of criticism (yes, it's probably far too early to be criticising it, we know) would be the use of a green PCB. Granted it's possible that ZOTAC have workstations and servers in mind rather than gaming systems or those otherwise likely to show off their internals. Nonetheless hopefully by the time retail samples hit the market the team will have rethought that particular decision and opted for a black design similar to their graphics cards.
More on the drive, and other upcoming ZOTAC products, should be revealed this week at CES2016.