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
camcorder storage to enterprise / industrial high-end market. Mtron also
develops DRM based MMC business with its advanced technology of flash memory
- 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
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
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
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
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
|Mtron milestones in
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.
same month they placed their first ads here on
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.
May 2008 -
approximately $30 million of shares in
2008 - Mtron said it
will supply SSDs to Hynix.
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
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.
June 2009 - Mtron
was featured in a new article which looked at
the most popular
products on StorageSearch.com in recent years.
- 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.
|Notes from SSD market history|
product shown below, was the most
here on StorageSearch.com in the period August 2007 to October 2007.
of SSD articles on StorageSearch.com|
- home page - unlike many other
sites - our home page is also the place where many new SSD articles begin.
- SSD Myths
- "write endurance" - In theory the problems are now well
understood - but solving them presents a challenge for each new chip
- the Top 20 SSD
companies - updated quarterly - has been a useful advance indicator
of market success (and the other thing too) for the 5+ years that the
series has been running.
- SSDs replacing
HDDs? - That's a gross simplification.
- the Fastest SSDs
- in each form factor.
- PCIe SSDs
- lists oems who market PCIe SSDs, and news and market commentary.
- RAM v Flash
SSDs - which is Best? - First published many years ago when the enterprise
market was looking ahead to the transition to flash - this classic article has
been updated recently.
- the SSD
Buyers Guide - summarizes key SSD market developments in the past
quarter and has a top level directory of SSD content.
market history - If you're new to the market it provides a clue to how much
things have changed - and how fast (or how slowly).
- is eMLC the
true successor to SLC in enterprise flash SSD?- which so called "enterprise
MLC" tastes the sweetest? How come there are so many different and
contradictory reliability claims?
- SSD controllers &
IP - this is a directory of merchant market SSD controller chip technology
- RAM SSDs - 20 or
so companies still market RAM based SSDs. This directory page tells you who
they are and explains why - as the enterprise market switched to mainly flash
SSDs - the need for RAM SSDs still grew instead of shrinking (although flash
grew much faster).
flash care management IP (including DSP) for SSDs - what is it? and who
- Clarifying SSD
Pricing - where does all the money go? - Also includes SSD price examples.
- SSD Data Recovery
- includes articles and news related to recovering data from faulty or damaged
- SAS SSDs -
includes a timeline of the SAS SSD market - and lists significant vendors.
SSD sudden power loss - this article surveys SSD power down management
across all the SSD architecture types in the market today. Power cycling
induced faults kill more SSDs in real life than endurance ever did. But SSD
PSU management topology is rarely mentioned in most SSD datasheets.
- the SSD
Reliability Papers - links and abstracts of articles related to the subject
of SSD reliability and data integrity.
- how fast can
your SSD run backwards? - Key Symmetries in SSD design - what they are and
why you need to know.
- consumer SSDs
- a consumer facing guide to news and reviews
- SSD software -
news and articles