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SSD news - 2008, May week 3

AMCC Confirms Plans to Support Flash SSD RAID

Editor:- May 21, 2008 - in an exclusive interview with this week - AMCC Storage 3ware's Director of Marketing Scott Cleland confirmed the company is planning to support the special needs of the new flash SSD Array Market.

""The 3ware team is currently in discussions with the largest providers of SSD devices."

See also:- RAID systems, Auto-tuning SSD Accelerated Pools of storage

First Terabyte SSD in Space - from Mtron

Editor:- May 20, 2008 - Mtron announced today that a terabyte of their SSD storage will be used in a NASA funded project (flying over the South Pole) to research high-energy cosmic rays.

Neutrino events are rare and hard to detect on Earth. But the Antarctic ice sheet provides a large nature-made detector with a million square kilometer "lens" (when viewed from the balloon's 35km mission height).

ANITA is a radio telescope attached to NASA's stratospheric balloon to detect Cherenkov pulses created when neutrinos from space hit the ice sheet which is "remarkably transparent to radio waves."

ANITA's 2nd month long experiment will start in December and will include 8x 3.5" SATA SSDs from Mtron making up the data logging storage.
Anita  1  launch - click for bigger image
Editor's comments:- balloons are a rugged environment for data storage, because apart from the expected extremes of altitude and temperature - the way these flights finish is often with a crash. So the ability to survive impact shocks is also importanct.

Previously mentioned SSD balloon flights on these pages include:-
  • an SSD from Memtech plunged 127,000 feet as part of a NASA weather balloon that crashed onto a Virginia highway, where it was promptly run over by a truck. Despite being "totally bent out of shape" the data was still accessible.
Before being acquired by STEC in 2005 - Memtech made the most rugged SSDs in the Solar System. One of their drives was onboard the 2004 Mars Rover.

SiliconSystems Founder is Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Finalist

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - May 20, 2008 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that its founder and CEO, Michael Hajeck, has been selected as a regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Ernst & Young recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional, national and global basis that are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. This is the 2nd consecutive year in which Hajeck has been named a finalist. Winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on June 11th at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. ...SiliconSystems profile, Storage People

SanDisk Announces Phone Storage Upgrades

Milpitas, California - May 20, 2008 - SanDisk Corp today announced a range of mobile phone storage cards - which will be available next month as consumer upgrades.

SanDisk Mobile Ultra microSD 2GB has a MSRP of $34.99. A 4GB card costs about $59.99 and an 8GB card has an MSRP of $119.99.

"Mobile phone usage for multimedia activities, such as digital photography, music downloads, videos, and GPS functionality has doubled over the last two years, and spending on mobile media globally is expected to surpass $100 billion by 2012," said David Kerr, VP mobile research, Strategy Analytics. "This product launch further proves SanDisk's ability to anticipate changing user needs and provide the market with the right mobile storage solutions at the right time." ...SanDisk profile

Editor's comments:-
if (like SanDisk) you've been designing the flash storage which goes inside the phone - since the concept began - then supplying the consumer phone upgrade market is a simpler tune to whistle.

The full text of SanDisk's press release prattles on about how many tunes you can store in how many gigabytes - and how long a journey that makes before you start repeating them. You can click on it - if you're really that interested. If you like a particular track and play it over and over again - the phone's flash storage capacity takes you even farther. Unless, like me, you forget to charge it up, or forget to take it with you.

Solid Data Systems Announces SSD VARs

SANTA CLARA, CA- May 20, 2008 - Solid Data Systems, Inc. today announced a new partnership with German reseller STORNET Technologies GmbH.

"Industry leaders such as Daimler and Deutsche Telekom have already benefited from STORNET's knowledge and expertise in the storage market," said Wade Tuma, CEO of Solid Data. "With STORNET's core competencies in server consolidation, 'Green' IT and storage optimization, Solid Data is confident that our solid state storage products are well-represented in Germany and Europe through our new partnership." ...Solid Data Systems profile, ...STORNET Technologies

Editor's comments:-
this follows another earlier Solid Data VAR signup announcement with Albany, NY based Atec Group. Until a few years ago there were very few RAM SSD VARs - but this is changing as the products have lowered in price and become more common. For example Solid Data has over 3,700 systems installed worldwide.

Is the SSD Market Recession-Proof?

Editor:- May 19, 2008 - published a new article today called - "Is the SSD Market Recession-Proof?"

It identifies which types of SSD products will be the most likely winners and losers if there is a recession and IT spending slowdown. the article

Mtron Announces Faster SATA SSDs

SEOUL, South Korea - May 15, 2008 - Mtron Co., Ltd has developed new faster models of its PRO 7500 series 2.5" and 3.5" SATA flash SSDs.

They will provide a maximum read speed of 130MB/s and write speed of 120MB/s, becoming one of the fastest 2.5" SATA SSDs in the market. Capacity options range from 32GB to 128GB. Mtron is exhibiting the new PRO 7500 series this week at the Data Storage Expo in Tokyo. ...Mtron profile

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