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InnoDisk

Founded in 2005, and headquartered in Taipei Taiwan InnoDisk Corporation is specialized in developing flash storage solutions for a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. The elite team holds product patents in many countries and is well experienced in designing industrial grade storage devices for embedded systems as well as USB flash drives with unique functions.

In addition to the strong technical background, InnoDisk also values customer service tremendously and think highly of production procedure to keep high product quality. We provide customize service to meet different application requirements for industrial grade flash storage. We deliver fast and complete service pack for OEM/ODM partners of consumer USB flash drives.

see also:- InnoDisk - editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com

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InnoDisk mentions in SSD market history

In June 2008 - InnoDisk announced the world's physically smallest SATA SSD - the SATADOM - measuring 39mm by 20.5mm by 8mm. Capacity ranges from 128MB to 8GB. The SLC flash SSD has a sustainable read speed of 24MB/sec and write speed of 14MB/sec.

In December 2009 - InnoDisk entered the PCIe SSD market with a new model offering 800MB/s read and 600MB/s write speeds.

It has an internal RAID allocation function enabling users to trade between capacity between data protection and performance (over-provisioning). Its Power Guard protection ensures data will be written into flash when power is interrupted unexpectedly.

Although it sounds remarkably similar to the type of products that Fusion-io was shipping a year ago - InnoDisk says it's an original design based on their own firmware and IP

In August 2011 - C.C. Wu - Director - InnoDisk - presented a paper - Quality Comparisons of SLC, MLC and eMLC (pdf) - at the Flash Memory Summit. Wu's paper - which compares data for several generations and brands of SLC flash - confirms what some SSD makers had been telling me since the early 2000s (as reported in my SSD endurance article) - which is to say that SLC in reality has often been 5x to 20x better than specified in the chip memory datasheets. The same is not true for MLC - however - which presents greater risks of data loss when power is suddenly turned off - which in turn requires better SSD controller architecture to recover and automatcially heal the data.

In March 2013 - InnoDisk announced it will ship industrial SATA SSDs in Q3 using its iSLCT technology - which repurposes MLC as emulated SLC to get 30k write endurance from 3k standard cells.
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InnoDisk's 10x endurance industrial MLC SSDs
Editor:- March 28, 2013 - InnoDisk today announced it will ship industrial SATA SSDs using its iSLC technology - in Q3.

iSLCT repurposes the 4 states of classic MLC memory into 2 virtual states (with better signal integrity) effectively emulating SLC in MLC.

This delivers 10x better endurance than MLC (30K from "3K" MLC), faster write performance (nearly 2x as fast as MLC and 85% of SLC speed - at competing geometries) and lower cost than using SLC to achieve the same capacity (in current and projected market conditions).

Editor's comments:- I mentioned this technique several years ago in a spoof SSD story - but what was once SSD fiction has become market reality due to the divergent market prices of different types of flash memory.

See also:- MLC flash lives longer in my SSD care program
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InnoDisk magic makes MLC SSDs last 7x longer than SLC
Editor:- September 27, 2011 - InnoDisk has turned the conventional wisdom about MLC vs SLC life on its head in a press release about its newest "EverGreen" (industrial SSDs).

The company says that its, MLC based, .EverGreen Plus Series has a lifespan which is 7x longer than traditional SLC SSDs, and 140x better than conventional MLC SSDs - due to a combination of features in its SSD architecture.
click to read article - sugaring  MLC for the enterprise The company recently published a report which compared the raw incoming quality of various generations of MLC and SLC - so it knows that data integrity, endurance and power vulnerabilities are hard bridges for mission critical SSDs to cross.
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InnoDisk's industrial nanoSSD in production
Editor:- January 20, 2014 -InnoDisk today announced full scale production of its nanoSSD (a tiny industrial SSD) that conforms to JEDEC’s standard (MO-276).

Innodisk integrates a flash control chip, NAND flash, and ball grid array (BGA) package to deliver a nanoSSD that requires only about 1% of the volume (16mm x 20mm x2mm) of a 2.5” SSD.

InnoDisk's nanoSSDs has R/W speeds upto 500MB/s and 170MB/s respectively), high shock-resistance, quick erase features, and ATA security.
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how InnoDisk survives abnormal power events
Editor:- September 18, 2013 - Adding to the growing body of articles about SSD data integrity in the event of sudden power loss - InnoDisk today launched a new SSD white paper (pdf) which outlines how its Power Secure Technology copes with abnormal power failure - including inadvertent disengagement of a live drive.
SSD power failure data protection system -Innodisk white paper
A key assumption in InnoDisk's design is that some data corruption is inevitable at the point when power is interrupted - despite the best efforts of the hold up capacitors etc - because other parts of the system - outside this power protected zone are also disturbed. So their algorithms - on power up - begin by looking for such errors and data inconsistencies and proceed to clean up and rebuild the mapping tables. ...read the article (pdf)
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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 has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.
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
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