founded in 1990, and based in Konstanz, Germany, is a fabless semiconductor and
microprocessor design company whose products include SSD controllers optimized
for low power applications.
|Together with subsidiaries in Taiwan,
USA and with other worldwide partners, Hyperstone serves a global customer base.
Hyperstone is a member of the CML Microsystems Plc group, traded on the London
Stock Exchange. The group currently consists of 8 subsidiaries and has over 170
Hyperstone research and development is based in Germany and
Taiwan. Industry-leading partners provide world-class wafer subcontracting,
packaging, and testing services. Hyperstone's success is based on its
proprietary 32-Bit RISC processor, optimized for flash handling applications.
Hyperstone's products include microcontrollers for
Solid State Disks (SSD),
Disk-on-Module (DoM), Disk-on-Board (DoB), embedded Flash solutions such as
eMMC, and Flash cards such as CF, SD & microSD. Flash controller firmware is
supplied complementary to the controllers and customized for each flash and
application. Hyperstone is one of the pioneers in the flash memory controller
business and owns several patents for flash handling, including wear leveling
algorithms and microprocessor design...
- editor mentions on StorageSearch.com
- editor's comments:- May 2014 - among other things -
SSD controllers for industrial
and embedded SSDs for use in low power applications.
patented architecture includes
skinny RAM cache
SSD principles to obviate the need for external RAM - and the design includes
strong protection against data corruption from
For competing suppliers try taking a look at the
In February 2009 -
a controller chip for oems designing industrial grade CF compatible
SSDs. The F4 provides safe
power-fail handling, proven error detection and correction and static wear
leveling. Data transfer rate to the attached flash memory array (16 chips) is
upto 80MB/s. Sustained R/W via the CF interface is upto 50MB/s and 40MB/s
respectively. Alternatively oems can add a
SATA bridge, or
RAID controller for
that Toshiba (Europe)
has agreed to provide the company with a variety of
ASIC design and
controllers based on Toshiba semiconductor process technology will sample
in Q1, 2011.
introduced their new A2
family of SSD
controllers - designed to enable physically small, very low power
2014 - Hyperstone
began sampling controllers for USB 2 SSDs aimed at low power, high reliability
and long data retention applications in the industrial market. Hyperstone says
its U8 USB controller (available as probed die and in a QFN-76 package) works
with SLC and 1x nm MLC.
In February 2015 -
Hyperstone said its
hyMap technology could reduce Write Amplification in industrial flash SSDs by
a factor of more than x100 in fragmented usage pattern and for small file random
| aspects of
extreme diversity in SSD design|
no supercaps or batteries vs 3 seconds
hold up time
|Editor:- March 23, 2015 -
to three seconds are 2 numbers which demonstrate some of the extreme
diversity in SSD design. |
These are the hold up times inside 2
different 2.5" SATA SSDs designed for the military market.
vast differences are the direct consequences of 2 different approaches to RAM
cache flash architecture.
- the regular design - uses a 3F capacitor - to enable enough time for the
DRAM cache to save all its data to flash
2 different architectures are explored in 0
to 3 S
- the ultra skinny design - doesn't need any hold up capacitor at all
|"For Hyperstone, the
biggest idea and industry trend that we pushed and participated in is the
implementation of page-based-FTL running on DRAM-less controller architectures.
This approach improves random write performance, increases endurance while
maintaining power-fail robustness at the same time. As this architecture also
reduces system cost it is also adopted in consumer markets.
We also see a significant adoption of
USB 3.0 in
industrial/embedded markets. Certainly, the most hyped topics, at the
FMS for instance, were 3D NAND
and NVMe but for both we do not yet see any sufficiently mature products or any
massive adoption in our markets"
Sales & Marketing Manager - Hyperstone
the big SSD ideas which emerged in 2016?
|Why did InnoDisk (a
designer of industrial SSDs and controllers) launch an all flash array for the
HPC market in 2014? It seemed like a rash idea at the time. I discussed it
with the company again in November 2016. There are lessons here for all.|
|a winter's tale
of SSD market influences|
enterprise-class write attenuation to industrial USB controllers|
|Editor:- February 19, 2015 -
When I see an assertion about 100x better flash endurance - I smile and
think back to an article
my SSD care scheme is the
best - in May 2012 - which discusses this marketing idea and some of the
unerlying technologies. So why mention it again today?|
release from Hyperstone
(about their new flash management technology for
contains this exact phrase.
by a factor of more than 100 in fragmented usage pattern and for small file
random writes. Thereby, the reduction in effectively used write-erase-cycles
results in higher performance, longer life and shorter random access response
times. As a result, in many applications hyMap together with Hyperstone
controllers and MLC flash enables higher reliability and data retention than
other controllers using SLC. hyMap does
any external DRAM or SRAM."
In the same announcement - Dr. Jan Peter
Berns, Managing Director of Hyperstone - acknowledges that while these
issues have already been discussed intensively for several years in the
enterprise market. Hyperstone's new hyMap controller technology brings this
kind of improvement into smaller, low power SSDs such as SD/MMC and USB which
don't have the same kind of budgets for DRAM and CPU power as enterprise SSDs.
|"I'm not surprised to
see DWPD ratings in otherwise identical controller based industrial SSDs vary
even when nothing has actually changed in the BOM."|
|what's the state of DWPD?|