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ACARD Technology

ACARD Technology is a Taiwanese-based company specializing in storage IC design. The company develops SCSI, IDE and SATA chips as well as RAID storage devices. ACARD products are used by PC, Macintosh, Linux and Unix workstation users all around the world. ACARD Technology has years of development and design experience for SCSI, IDE and SATA hardware so it knows what the market needs and understand customers' requirements. Since 1999 ACARD Technology has been actively investing in the development of key technologies aimed at the fast-developing network storage market as well as the management and protection of critical data on storage devices. ACARD products are now available from the company's distributors around the world.For more information, please visit our website at www.acard.com or call +886(2)8512 2290 and e-mail to sales@acard.com

see also:- ACARD - editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com and ACARD's SSD page

ACARD mentions in SSD market history

In July 2008 - ACARD unveiled the 9010 RAM Disk - a 5.25" form factor, 64GB SATA compatible RAM SSD.

In a test report sequential write performance on a single SATA port is quoted as follows, 29MB/s (512B), 100MB/s (4kB), and 151MB/s (64kB).

Throughput for 2 ports was approximately 2x a single port. Unlike a flash SSD - the random write performance was similar to the sequential (in some cases better.)

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Surviving SSD sudden power loss
Why should you care what happens in an SSD when the power goes down?

This important design feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases - has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.

This article will help you understand why some SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be negligible.
image shows Megabyte's hot air balloon - click to read the article SSD power down architectures and acharacteristics If you thought endurance was the end of the SSD reliability story - think again. ...read the article
don't all PCIe SSDs look pretty much the same?
When you look at the photos and headline specs for high speed PCIe SSDs - it's easy to come away with the impression that they all look the same and have about the same performance.

After all - how different can they be?

But don't let the experience of the 2.5" SSD market - in which clusters of consumer SSD vendors use the same or similar controllers and hover close together inpopular (consumer) performance rankings - give you the wrong idea about PCIe SSDs.

In this market the performance limits and capabilities of the SSD aren't set by an old hard disk interface and package limitations.

In the PCIe market the products you get are limited only by the imagination of the designers - tempered by the guesses of marketers who are trying to predict the optimum (most salable) features for an ideal SSD.
click to read the article And because server apps vary - so too do those idealized designs too. ...read the article
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