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SSD & Storage news - 2008, August week 1

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SiliconSystems Doubles Capacity of Embedded USB SiliconDrives

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - August 7, 2008 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced higher capacity offerings across its entire SiliconDrive II product family supporting the USB interface.

In response to accelerating customer demand for its high performance small form factor advanced storage technology, SiliconSystems' SiliconDrive II USB CF, SiliconDrive II 10-pin module and SiliconDrive II USB Blade products are now available in capacities of up to 16GB, 8GB and 4GB, respectively.

"Customers have designed our SiliconDrive II embedded USB family of products into a wide variety of Enterprise System OEM applications." said Gary Drossel, vice president of product planning at SiliconSystems. "SiliconDrive II products are high performance, high reliability and multi-year product lifecycle solid-state storage solutions that enable OEM system designers to architect their systems with no design compromises." ...SiliconSystems profile, USB storage, SSDs & HDDs - 1.0" and under


WEDC Expands DDR SDRAM Product Line

Phoenix, Arizona - August 5, 2008 - White Electronic Designs Corp expanded its family of DDR2 SDRAM-based multi-chip packages with the launch of an 8Gb device.

The SDRAM is organized as 128M x 72, packaged in a 16 x 22mm, 352mm2, 208 PBGA. This package provides high-density memory for extended-environment embedded computing, such as that used in aircraft, communications and missiles. Benefits include higher board density and routing advantages, with 56% more space savings and a 50% reduction in I/O count over a comparable FPBGA approach. ,,,White Electronic Designs profile


EasyCo Discusses MFT Developments at LinuxWorld

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 5, 2008 - EasyCo will discuss the latest developments of their Managed Flash Technology with attendees at LinuxWorld this week in San Francisco.

Dubbed "the 300,000 RPM Disk Drive" - MFT combines flash SSD technology with a patent-pending drive management layer resulting in disk performance that is 10 to 30 times faster than 15K RPM disk drives when working with random IO operations.

"The MFT solution permits you to scale your CPU and disk storage configurations as much as 30 times the number of users or hits," reports Sam Anderson, company president, "permitting you to reach the same level of performance with a handful of MFT drives that would be required with dozens or even hundreds of traditional disk drives." ...EasyCo profile

Editor's comments:- EasyCo announced MFT 12 months ago - and since then has validated the effects of its MFT software across a range of commercially available flash SSDs.



40 Vendors Compatible with QLogic's InfiniBand Ecosystem

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - August. 4, 2008 - QLogic Corp. today announced a collaboration with 40 HPC vendors to validate InfiniBand network interoperability with over 50 different vertical applications, middleware, storage systems, cables and optics necessary to configure an HPC cluster.

QLogic and other industry leaders are collaborating to address the need for systematic certification of product interoperability and performance optimization to form pre-qualified HPC solutions. ...QLogic profile, InfiniBand


Violin Memory Delivers 1 Million IOPS on a Single Interface Port

San Francisco - August 4, 2008 - Violin Memory, Inc. today announced the company has successfully tested its Violin 1010 memory appliance delivering 1 Million IOPS to a server over a single interface, an industry first.

"To put this in perspective, 1 Million IOPS with RAID would take approximately 10,000 HDDs or 500 Enterprise-grade Flash SSDs," said Donpaul Stephens, Founder & President of Violin Memory. "The use of Violin memory appliances can completely remove the I/O bottlenecks of data centric applications and significantly improve CPU and power efficiency."

The Violin 1010 Memory Appliance platform supports 3 Million IOPS. Release 1.3 of the Violin 1010, supported 500K IOPS via PCIex8 to a server with the operating system and driver being the major limit. This release has been successfully trialed with: Major Linux releases and distributions, Windows and OpenSolaris

Release 2.0 of the Violin 1010 improves the I/O efficiency of the OS and allows hundreds of outstanding requests to the memory appliance. This technology enables 1 Million IOPS with DRAM and will also enable over 100K sustained random write IOPS with flash memory. All performance numbers include Violin's RAID capabilities for maximum reliability. Violin Memory will be accepting orders for Release 2.0 in September. ...Violin Memory profile, PCIe SSDs, RAM based SSDs

Editor's comments:- Violin promised a flash SSD based version of its memory appliance - when it came out of stealth mode last year. Reading between the lines of the text above - suggests that a launch of such a product may not be too far off.


STEC Reports 29% Revenue Growth

SANTA ANA, Calif. - August. 4, 2008 - STEC, Inc. announced today its financial results for the 2nd quarter ended June 30, 2008.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2008 was $56.2 million, an increase of 29% from the year ago period.

"We are excited to announce that we recently received notice of a design win from one of the largest Enterprise Storage and Server OEMs, confirming our qualification across multiple platforms using our ZeusIOPS and Mach8/IOPS SSDs," said Manouch Moshayedi, CEO of STEC, Inc. "We expect production revenue from these platforms to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. This is our second large Enterprise OEM customer win. We are in the later stages of qualification for our ZeusIOPS SSDs with several other key Enterprise-Storage customers. ...We expect that both of these product lines will contribute significantly to our growth in 2009." ...STEC profile

Editor's comments:-
this is the first time that STEC has reported a revenue increase since the quarter ending March 2007. It shows that the company is now operating successfully in the expanded, more competitive market which now exists for flash SSDs.


Endurance Article Survives Test of Popularity

Editor:- August 1, 2008 - surprisingly my classic article Flash SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance" was the 2nd most popular article read on storagesearch.com in July.

When I first published it (a year ago) I thought it would just appeal to a niche group of systems integrators and SSD oems who were deeply immersed in the flash SSD market. But the many emails I've had about this subject and the high pageviews show I was wrong.

Users care deeply about this issue - and recent SSD news stories from Sun, SanDisk etc reveal that the issue is at long last getting swept out from under the carpet.

The original article has had many tweaks, updates and a sequel which upset some MLC SSD marketers. ...read the article

BTW to see the list of the top 20 most popular articles see the market research page. Overall site pageviews grew 15% compared to the year ago period.

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When you look at the photos and headline specs for high speed PCIe SSDs - it's easy to come away with the impression that they all look the same and have about the same performance.

After all - how different can they be?

But don't let the experience of the 2.5" SSD market - in which clusters of consumer SSD vendors use the same or similar controllers and hover close together inpopular (consumer) performance rankings - give you the wrong idea about PCIe SSDs.

In this market the performance limits and capabilities of the SSD aren't set by an old hard disk interface and package limitations.

In the PCIe market the products you get are limited only by the imagination of the designers - tempered by the guesses of marketers who are trying to predict the optimum (most salable) features for an ideal SSD.
click to read the article And because server apps vary - so too do those idealized designs too. ...read the article
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Surviving SSD sudden power loss
Why should you care what happens in an SSD when the power goes down?

This important design feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases - has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.

This article will help you understand why some SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be negligible.
image shows Megabyte's hot air balloon - click to read the article SSD power down architectures and acharacteristics If you thought endurance was the end of the SSD reliability story - think again. ...read the article
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