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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
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,
"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."
profile, USB storage,
SSDs & HDDs - 1.0"
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.
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
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
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
40 Vendors Compatible with QLogic's InfiniBand Ecosystem
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,
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
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,
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
ANA, Calif. - August. 4, 2008 - STEC, Inc. announced today its
financial results for the 2nd quarter ended June 30, 2008.
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
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
Endurance Article Survives Test of Popularity
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
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 original article has had many tweaks, updates and a
upset some MLC SSD marketers. ...read the article
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.
|don't all PCIe SSDs
look pretty much the same?|
|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.|
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
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
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
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