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Mtron - 2007 to 2009

Mtron Co., Ltd., with headquarters in Gyeonggi-do, Korea , is the new pioneer in the Flash Solid State Disk world. Flash SSD is an innovative storage device with much faster speed and higher reliability than those of the conventional magnetic disk (HDD). Mtron is targeting wide application areas with its high performance Flash SSD, ranging from portable consumer electronic market such as notebook PC, camcorder storage to enterprise / industrial high-end market. Mtron also develops DRM based MMC business with its advanced technology of flash memory control. http://www.mtron.net

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

  • editor's comments:- March 2010 - Mtron (which appears to be no longer in business) burst onto the SSD market in February 2007 - when - amid competing claims from various other oems Mtron launched the fastest 2.5" PATA SSD - with 80MB/s sustained write. In the same month they placed their first ads here on StorageSearch.com.

    One of the funny things for me (looking back on the early days of the company) was that - at the start of their advertising period here on StorageSearch.com - the marketers in Mtron were still deciding what the SSD module label would look like - so for a short period the ad didn't have a picture - just a blank white space with a note saying "image not yet available." But such was the market hunger for fast products - the datasheet became popular even without a photo.

    Mtron achieved high popularity with our readers - and regularly appeared in the quarterly top 10 SSD oems list in the period 2007 Q2 to 2009 Q1. Mtron's highest rank in those days was #2 - just below Memoright. And that was a sign that users in the 2.5" and 3.5" SSD markets are usually more interested in the product than the company. And when your company is no longer leading the performance / reliability / price / capacity charts (or whatever the current hot topic may be) then interest starts to slide.
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Mtron milestones in SSD market history

Mtron burst onto the SSD market in February 2007 - when - amid competing claims from various other oems Mtron launched the fastest 2.5" PATA SSD - with 80MB/s sustained write.

In the same month they placed their first ads here on StorageSearch.com. Mtron advertised here on the mouse site for 15 months and were so successful at attracting oem partners and industry recognition that they didn't need to do any more for a long while.

In May 2008 - Toshiba acquired approximately $30 million of shares in Mtron.

In June 2008 - Mtron said it will supply SSDs to Hynix.

Also in June 2008 - Mtron unveiled details of its new 8 channel controller technology which the company says will enable R/W throughput upto 260/240MB/s and 8,000 random write IOPS (using 4KB blocks) in flash SSD products shipping in Q1 2009.

In April 2009 - Mtron was listed #4 in the 8th quarterly edition of the - Top 10 SSD Companies

You may be surprised by how many manufacturers oem Mtron's SSDs. A new article published this month - 3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market - includes that info and a lot more besides.

In June 2009 - Mtron was featured in a new article which looked at the most popular products on StorageSearch.com in recent years.

November 2009 - I see that Mtron has published a useful company history on its own web site.

March 2010 - Mtron's website has been dead for a while. It appears the company is no longer in business.
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Notes from SSD market history

The product shown below, was the most popular product here on StorageSearch.com in the period August 2007 to October 2007.
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SATA flash SSDs with 150M bytes / sec burst read and 80M bytes / sec sustained write time from MTRON
3.5" (128G) & 2.5" (32G) SATA SSDs
80MB/s sustained write
from Mtron
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