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who's who in SSD? - Lattice Semiconductor

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor

Lattice Semiconductor has been in the FPGA and programmable logic device business for over 20 years - and so I was aware of the company before - but it hadn't done anything interesting enough to merit a mention in the news pages of until March 2015 - when it acquired Silicon Image for approximately $606 million.
managing the power in enterprise PCIe SSDs
trading dc-dc converter architectures to  suit different capacitor types in SSDs
In a 2012 brochure which describes its integrated power fail chips - Power Failure Protection for SSDs (pdf) - Lattice Semiconductor illustrates the traditional placement and role of big capacitors in enterprise SSD hold up schemes.
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Where are customers going to find the rackspace if they're using those old style, always-on SSDs?

And let's not forget the electrical power.

When you look at the reliability of the always-on SSDs it reminds me about the bad old days of the hard disk drives - when you had to change all the disks every few years
this way to the petabyte SSD (March 2010)
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Here's the real problem for the big companies.

They can lose tens of billions of dollars of revenue by not participating in the SSD market.
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