Founded in 2003, Diablo is successfully delivering products that enhance
the performance and capability of memory system designs.
Since 2010 - Diablo has been developing an SSD technology
which the company calls Memory Channel Storage which leverages the disruptive
capability of NAND-flash and future
technologies to enable increased levels of application performance supported by
a new class of enterprise server and storage system designs.
The Diablo executive management team, now developing its 3rd family of
memory interface solutions, has decades of experience in system architecture,
chip-set design and software development at companies including Nortel Networks,
Matrox Graphics, Goal Semiconductor, BroadTel Communications, ENQ Semiconductor,
IceFyre Semiconductor, Mosaid Techologies and Huawei.
- editor's comments:- April 2013 -
hasn't launched any SSD products yet or disclosed many details. But if I had to
make a wild guess it would be that Diablo's product may be something like
other PCIe SSD in
architecture and throughput - but packaged more like
compatible flash SSDs (which are packaged in
DRAM form factors).
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In November 2012 - Diablo
it has closed a $28 million funding round which will help the company
Memory Channel Storage concept to market.
In March 2013 -
announced it has closed an additional $7.5 million of funding, increasing
the total equity investment of its most recent round to $36 million.
April 2013 - Diablo
SMART Storage as
its exclusive flash partner to pioneer a new type of (faster than
PCIe SSD) memory
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|How are fault tolerant
PCIe SSD designs supported at the chip level?|
enterprise SSD designs - this video by PLX includes an
introductory tutorial into PCIe and its performance and architectural
capabilities for SSDs including automatic failover and multi-host capabilities.|
|PLX's switch chips also supports failover if
the fault occurs in the PCIe switch fabric chips themselves.
extract - "...And in case one of the hosts fails
and you want to connect the SSDs - or the devices connected to that host - to
another host - that can be done automatically as well - and the surviving host
can attach the devices that were attached to the failing host to itself and
control it so that the system doesn't go down and the data stored in these
devices doesn't get isolated from the main system."
|New to me
in SSD - Diablo Technologies|
|Editor:- November 8, 2012 - every week I learn
about new SSD companies and today one of them was Diablo Technologies -
which is working a new high speed direct attach like memory nand flash (and
maybe other nvm) SSD controller / product concept which it calls
it has closed a $28 million funding round which will help the company bring
their concept to market.
With this equity funding we are accelerating
the completion of a memory channel-based solid-state storage platform that will
deliver breakthroughs in system performance and flash storage density for
analytic data processing, web-page serving, cloud computing and other
server-based enterprise computing applications said Diablo's CEO and founder -
background is in chips (ASIC+FPGA), telecomms and DRAM memory. I haven't
spoken to anyone in the company yet.
But if I had to make a wild
guess it would be that Diablo's product may be something like
other PCIe SSD in
architecture - but packaged more like
compatible flash SSDs in form factor and connectivity.
note:- "What Diablo is doing is effectively creating a new layer in
the memory/storage hierarchy" said one of Diablo's investors Alex Benik in his
today explaining why he likes the company. "Diablos MCS-based products
will be dramatically higher capacity than DRAM, persistent, and deliver more
IOPS at lower latencies than any other SSD technology."
|Diablo's new VP Marketing
came from OCZ|
|Editor:- May 7, 2013 - Kevin Wagner who until
a few months ago had been VP Enterprise Product Management at OCZ has moved to Diablo Technologies -
to become Diablo's VP of Marketing it was
|Diablo names SMART Storage
as exclusive flash partner to pioneer memory channel SSDs|
|Editor:- April 25, 2013 - You may remember
reading here before about a company called Diablo Technologies -
which while in stealth mode - hinted it was working on a new technology which
would enable SSDs to run on server motherboards with latency and throughput even
better than PCIe SSDs....
Diablo has been creating the interface side of things - but I learned
recently that implementing the flash side of this - in a manner which is both
effective and affordable - requires a world leading mastery of enterprise flash
IP - which Diablo wisely recognized it doesn't have.
has publicly announced an exclusive partnership agreement with SMART Storage Systems
which will leverage its flash IP and controller assets to co-design a new family
of ultra-low latency SSDs and system accelerators which connect via Diablo's
memory channel storage architecture and which will be sold exclusively by
SMART but jointly supported by both companies.
comments:- there are a lot of implications for the future direction of SSD
server acceleration if this collaboration succeeds in delivering competitively
attractive new types of SSDs. But there are also very difficult technical
problems and ecosystems development problems to solve too in order to make it
I discussed these topics in a conversation earlier this week
with John Scaramuzzo,
President and Esther Spanjer,
Director SSD Marketing at SMART.
Among the many questions inspired
by that conversation:-
- how is the new technology different to what has been done before? -
particularly with PCIe SSDs and with DIMM class flash?
- if successful - what impact would memory channel SSDs have on the PCIe SSD
market? - and application server architecture?
- how will the new types of SSDs stretch the demands of flash endurance and
- how will competitors respond to this new technology? And how much of what
they say should you take take on board or disregard?
- who are going to be the among the first wave of customers to adopt these
I've written about these
matters and more in a new home page blog on StorageSearch.com -
Storage SSDs - will the new ultra low latency SSD concept fly? - should you book
a seat yet?
- when will the first products be ready?
|more money for Diablo|
|Editor:- March 19, 2013 - It's
not unusual in the current
SSD market for
some companies to have oversubscribed
rounds - and that was the case recently with Diablo Technologies
it has closed an additional $7.5 million of funding, increasing the total
equity investment of its most recent round to $36 million.
previously announced investors.|
Editor's comments:- Diablo
describes its product as being these categories:- "soon-to-be-announced"
If you're already interested in
InfiniBand or SSDs
in RAM module form factors
(but which unlike the flash DIMMs from memory makers - might actually emerge
from stealth mode attached with a software model) then what Diablo does do
with its Memory Channel Storage may impact some of your future long range
Like you - I'm guessing of course. Diablo hasn't ordered any SSD
ads yet - although that $7.5 million would come in handy.
up advisory team for new SSD interface|
|"As we prepare to launch our line of Memory
Channel Storage products that enable next-generation enterprise server and
storage system designs, we have set our sights on unprecedented levels of
performance for current and future applications To that end, we have
a group of top industry innovators to help refine the development of our
revolutionary NAND-flash system solutions... |
Maher Amer, CTO
January 29, 2013