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Memoright

Memoright was founded in March 2006 with the aim of playing a leading role in the solid state disk revolution.
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Based in Taipei, Taiwan, Memoright is one of leading SSD innovators dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners on developing world-class excellent performance, high reliability, and cost effectiveness SSD products.

The design of Memoright SSD is centered around corporate (enterprise and industrial/ military/vehicle) users, who need incredibly fast performance & unique, 100% data integrity. In addition to a standardized range of products, we also deliver customized services to meet our customers' needs. To accommodate supporting our extensive product range and rapid increasing needs all over the world, we have set up R&D and support centers in the US, Europe, Wuhan and Taipei. We have also constructed state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Wuhan with ISO: 9001 certified quality management system.

See also:- Memoright - editor mentions on StorageSearch.com


Who's who in SSD?- by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - January 2013

Memoright shot to high visibility in the international SSD market in October 2007 they launched a range of 2.5" flash SSDs which were the fastest in the market at that time.

Shortly after that Memoright hit the #1 spot in the top 10 SSD companies list - in 2008 Q2.

But the company for several years after that - the company was unable to maintain its technical lead across the expanding range of consumer, enterprise and embedded markets in which 2.5" SSDs were being used - due to the disruptive effect of SandForce controllers.

Memoright's product lines today - include a mixture of in-house designs (mostly for military markets) and designs which use SandForce controllers (for enterprise and notebook computing markets).

But the outlook for Memoright may be brighter as the it is one of a small elite band of companies today which use adaptive write and DSP techniques to amplify the endurance of cheap consumer grade flash. The company says it can get 20,000 write cycles from 3,000 grade flash chips.

This may be one of the reasons that Marvell looked to Memoright recently to help develop the algorithms needed to develop controllers for the cost sensitive and space constrained phone and tablet markets.

See also:- MLC flash lives longer in my SSD care program
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Memoright mentions in SSD market history

In January 2008 - Memoright announced availability of 64GB and 128GB versions of its 2.5" PATA / SATA flash SSDs.

In March 2008 - Memoright launched a faster family of 2.5" SATA flash SSD. The GT Series has upto 64GB capacity and 120MB/s sustained read/write.

In March 2009 - Memoright said it will ship a new industrial grade 2.5" flash SSD range in May. The rSSD (upto 128GB capacity) is designed to operate from -40 to +85 degrees C and the company says its product testing processes satisfy MIL-STD-810F. R/W speeds are both upto 120MB/s.

In April 2009 - Memoright was listed #3 in the 8th quarterly edition of the - Top 10 SSD Companies

In June 2009 - Memoright was one of many SSD oems exhibiting at Computex. The company says its conformally coated Industrial rSSD drew lots of interests from industrial and military users.

In May 2010 - Memoright's President, Alex Kuo gave many interesting insights about his company in an interview with DIGITIMES. Among many other things - he said "It is worth noting that many companies have plunged into the market for consumer PC- and notebook-use SSDs. In such a crowded market, we would find it difficult to sustain growth and profitability. I see many suppliers start up their SSD businesses in a similar way to what they did for flash drives, which could result in the market being flooded with me-too devices. I believe R&D, product stability and brand awareness are the keys to a more sustainable business."

He explained that's why his company is focusing on rugged SSDs. "The market for military- and industrial-use SSDs is relative small in terms of shipments compared to the market for consumer ones, but it is where suppliers can make huge profits. There is a limited number of suppliers capable of making ruggedized products for industrial and military applications."

In July 2010 - Memoright announced a new authorized distributor for their SSDs in the US - First Commercial Technologies based in Beverly Hills, CA.

In November 2010 - Memoright has launched its first range of MLC based SSDs - the 2.5" FTM-25 range are SATA 2 compatible - and have upto 400GB capacity. From the performance figures (50k / 30k R/W IOPS) I guess they use a SandForce controller. Memoright's newest SSDs have over-voltage protection and over-current protection and their quality management system (evolved for military SSDs) offers 100% traceability for every SSD.

In December 2010 - Memoright launched a new range of 1.2" SATA SSDs with secure erase, 8,000 IOPS, 100/80MB/s R/W performance and upto 64GB capacity.

In February 2011 - Memoright unveiled a 2nd generation model its 2.5" SATA SLC SSD family aimed at military and defense markets with -40 to +85 degrees operating temperature and DoD compliant fast purge. The GTR II - which uses the company's own design of SSD controller - has a regular RAM cache architecture with internal supercaps - which the company says avoids spiky performance. Capacity is upto 128GB, R/W speeds are 210MB/s, and R/W IOPS are 10,000/500 respectively

In January 2012 - Memorigh unveiled new 7mm ultrathin SATA 3 SSDs for the notebook SSD market

In March 2012 - Memoright showcased its HTM series SSDs - which using the company's proprietary controller technology expand MLC flash endurance from 3,000 to 5,000 cycles (legacy controller standard) upto 20,000 cycles.

In January 2013 - Marvell announced it has made a strategic investment in Memoright.

In May 2013 - Memoright announced details of its first TLC SSDs. The XTM Series - are SATA SSDs for the consumer market which use the company's own adaptive R/W controller IP.
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"...One size does not fit all in the SSD world. ...
SSDs are not simply a faster version of HDDs.
If SSDs performance characteristic doesn't match
data access patterns, SSDs will not perform as
expected and sometimes can be slower than HDDs."
...Eric Kao, Chairman and CEO - Memoright - in his
presentation - the Age of Application-Specific SSDs (pdf)
at the 2011 Flash Memory Summit
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Past featured products in SSD market history
2.5"   flash SSDs  from Memoright
2.5" 64GB PATA / SATA flash SSDs
100MB/sec sustained read/write
from Memoright
- (circa 2008)

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Memoright launches own design of TLC SSDs
Editor:- May 30, 2013 - Memoright today announced details of its first TLC SSDs. The XTM Series - which are SATA SSDs available in 2.5" or 1.8" form factors.

What's the big deal about - just some more consumer SSDs?

They demonstrate Memoright's controller IP - in adaptive R/W. TLC is x3 flash with twice the capacity of standard MLC and 4x the virtual storage capacity of an SLC in a single cell. It's a non trivial design job making this 19nm geometry flash work reliably in an SSD. Memoright says this new SSD can do 80K R/W IOPS.

As other manufacturers like Stec and SMART have already shown in the server market - once a company has proven that its adaptive flash IP works - then it proliferates quickly throughout their product range to get competitive advantages.
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Quad-life industrial MLC - from Memoright
Editor:- November 9, 2012 - I love it when SSD vendors are direct in communicating what they do and you can't get a less ambiguous example than - "Quad-life" - which is the name Memoright has chosen for its new family of MLC SSDs which are aimed at the industrial SSD market.

The quad-life meaning literally that they get more than 4x the traditional endurance - (you already knew that quad thing didn't you?) - anyway inside their SSDs it's more like 6x - and so they achieve 20,000 write cycles using their patented version of adaptive R/W technology. It's not news that they have this technology. When I spoke to them in June that's why I added them to the adaptive R/W / DSP vendors list. What is new to me is the name - which I only saw today for the first time in the context of some event that's going in Munich next week.

The only problem with naming SSDs in this way - which I touched on in an earlier SSD branding article - is that it creates a target for competitors to outbid - so you could get octal-life, hex-life, etc until you stretch beyond the educational ability of your customers to recognize these classical ancient Roman / Greek / Goa'uld references - and they stop understanding what you're talking about.

Memoright's quad-life is a good illustration of the kind of SSD marketing climate this adaptive DSP technology leads us into - which I was referring to in my May home page blog - MLC flash lives longer in my SSD care program. If you can't remember it - it contains the memorable line - "Is Lenin dead yet?"
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