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Liqid

Liqid is redefining how resources are used and managed within the data center by offering its customers an innovative solution to keep pace with the rapidly-changing IT landscape in real-time.

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NVMe over Fabrics, automatic characterization of 3D nand, SSD readiness for the Industrial Internet of Things and some other ideas.
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Who's who in SSD? - Liqid

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor StorageSearch.com (September 2015)

Liqid has been emerging drip by drip from stealth mode in the past 2 quarters. So although we still don't know the definitive details - we can infer some details from several documents which the company has already published.
  • NVMe Protocol Impact on CPU Utilization (pdf) - August 2015 - provides some lab test results comparing an unnamed SATA SSD with a name NVMe SSD. Unsurprisingly NVMe wins in performance and "less CPU cycles are used for the same amount of data transfer". This is tantamount to null data - because we already knew that. But one useful thing it does tell us is that Liqid is definitely in the NVMe controller camp.
These documents, coupled with the background of the founders (in significant SSD controller, SSD and memory companies), and the size of the seed investment, suggest to me that Liqid may be involved in the NVMe firmware or related controller design / adaptation IP market. Helping consumer SSD makers to define new product lines for the complex enterprise market.
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Liqid controller inside fastest 2.5" NVMe flash SSD
Editor:- August 9, 2016 - In a joint press release today Liqid and Kingston gave details of the "fastest 2.5" PCIe NVMe flash SSD ever benchmarked" - which they're showing this week at FMS.
  • upto 3.9 TB of capacity
  • Mixed R/W: ~ 5.5 GB/s (Full Duplex)
  • Seq read ~ 3.6 GB/s Seq write ~ 3.6 GB/s
  • mixed random R/W ~ 1.15 M IOPS (4 K, Full Duplex)
See also:- 2.5" PCIe SSDs, PCIe SSDs, SSD controllers
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using M.2 in server slots - article by Liqid
Editor:- January 30, 2016 - An article on the evolution of SSD form factors with reference to M.2 (pdf) - by Liqid - discusses how M.2 SSDs can be used in enterprise PCIe SSD environments which don't have native M.2 PCIe slots - by using add in carrier cards.

evolution of form factors

The image above (from Liqid's article) shows the evolution of SSD and HDD form factors in progressively smaller form factors from 1989 (5") to M.2 in 2014.

Although to be fair to the hard drive market the image doesn't show the smallest hard drives - such as the 0.85" hard drive from Toshiba (in January 2004) and 1" hard drive from Cornice (in August 2006).

The 1" HDD market didn't last long.

It was the first hard drive extinction event caused by adoption of flash SSDs. ...read the article (pdf)
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Liqid gets seed funding for NVMe related IP?
Editor:- May 20, 2015 - Liqid today announced that it has secured $5.7 million in seed funding led by Kingston Technology, Phison Electronics, ABR Capital Management, and additional investments aggregated by DH Capital.

The financing round will be used to advance research and development as well as to help accelerate time to market.

See also:- VCs in SSDs
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