Memory Systems, headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif., is a leading provider
of Solid State Storage Solutions uniquely focused to meet the high-performance,
high reliability needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). We are
focused on meeting customer specific technical needs with unique and
differentiated Memory Storage Products. We offer a wide range of memory
solutions that integrate state-of-the-art Flash Controller technology to
significantly extend the reliability of Flash media beyond its standard rated
operation. Our goal is to differentiate ourselves from the generic storage
product suppliers in 3 areas:
1) - Continued support of legacy and installed base products such
as PC Cards, Small Capacity Flash cards, etc.
2) - Productize custom storage solutions that would offer a unique
and differentiated value to the customer. These include custom form factor,
unique product features and special interface commands
3) - Proliferation of Non-commodity applications and special
requirements Industrial and Higher temperature range, Military
who's who in SSD? - Fortasa
editor - StorageSearch.com
- May 2011
Fortasa was founded in late
2009 by and
started to ship revenue product in 2010. The company confirmed to me it has
an official distributor in Russia - with a Russian
language web site. I asked about this - because I am suspicious about
dot-ru sites - so I asked if it was just spam. It's not.
it aims to differentiate itself from generic consumer SSD makers. Fortasa uses
its own proprietary SSD controller algorithms to increase operating life and
Fortasa's white paper
Power Failure Recovery (pdf) (first published in January 2010) is a
useful article about the subject of
sudden power loss. Among other techniques Fortasa's design makes a redundant
copy of the FAT structure when doing a block write which is retained until
after the write has been verified - to "practically eliminate any chance
of FAT table corruption." - Fortasa also specifies that system designers
should provide approximately "5mS of reserve power to their SSDs to
complete the NAND max program time, control signal propagation delay and
queuing." That means the designer doesn't have to guess or over-design the
power hold-up. The range of
up times in military SSDs having
characteristics can be very wide.
"Fortasa" is an apt
name for the company given the rugged markets for which its SSDs are designed.
For more examples like this take a look at
Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands
|"BoM problems are
typically defined by 3 measures:- completeness, consistency or correctness.
Many manufacturers, especially those that pursue low cost strategy, have shown
an inability to procure the same components, control their manufacturing process
or issue corporate communication highlighting changes to the component/process
in product manufacturing."
SSD BOM Locking - Who Can You Trust? |
Nakhimovsky, GM - Fortasa Memory Systems
|Fast Purge SSDs|
|The need for fast and
secure data erase - in which vital parts of a flash SSD or its data are
destroyed in seconds - has always been a requirement in military projects.
many industrial SSD vendors offer products with extended "rugged"
operating environment capabilities - and even
notebooks SSDs come
with encryption - it's the availability of fast data purge which
differentiates "truly secure" SSDs which can be deployed in