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storage news - February 2009, week 4

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Linkvast Unveils SSD Controllers ......................................
Editor:- February 25, 2009 - Linkvast Technologies unveiled a family of 4 channel (32bit/32CE) and 8 channel (64bit/64CE) SATA flash SSD controllers that will ship in June, 2009.

The controllers support all mainstream SLC & MLC flash memory devices. The external DRAM architecture enhances SSD performance and can reduce flash wear out. Package is 279-Balls 15mm x 15mm LBGA.

SMART Extends Product Lives with 128GB Secure u160 SCSI SSDs

FREMONT, CA - February 24, 2009 - SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. today announced extensions to its Xceed family of industrial-grade 2.5" and 3.5" SSDs.

New PATA-based SSDs have been added to the XceedUltraX and XceedSecure product lines, and the company also announced Version 2.5 of its EraSure data security software, which adds a new security protocol and improves overall SSD declassification performance.

Of particular interest to systems integrators with long life-cycle products - the SMART 3.5" XceedUltra2 and XceedSecure2 parallel SCSI SSDs deliver sustained performance of up to 55MB/s read and 50MB/s write. The drives come with either the 68- or 80-pin SCA SCSI interface in capacities ranging from 8GB to 128GB ...SMART profile, industrial SSDs

Accordance Launches 1U Compact RAID

Des Moines, IA - February 24, 2009 - Accordance Systems today announced availability of its new ARAID M200 RAID 1 Controller.

The 1U high M200 behaves just like a single high reliability 7,200 RPM SATA hard disk which constantly mirrors data onto 2 internal hard drives assuring that your system is protected in the event a drive should fail. Replacing the failed drive is easy with the ARAID sliding drive trays and can be done while the system is running. All BIOS and operating systems view the ARAID 2200 as a simple drive and treat it accordingly. There is no need for drivers or any other applications.

All ARAID processing is handled on the ARAID device controller independent of the computer's main processor. Most onboard RAID and PCI RAID tax cycles from the motherboard CPU. ARAID creates a RAID 1 array on the fly from an existing drive, with no danger of losing data. Contrast this with typical RAID controllers that require the user to destroy, and then create an array from scratch. Typical RAID 1 solutions are not considered to be a backup solution. While data is replicated, it is not safe from viruses, spyware, etc. An ARAID is different because you can remove a drive from the unit and replace it with another drive within seconds.

The removed drive can be treated as a backup and taken off-site for secure storage. The ARAID recognizes the new drive and immediately begins to mirror all data to it. Most ARAID users buy 1 to 7 spare trays and rotate backups offsite in a similar manner as tape. ...Accordance profile

Court Rules Against Rambus - Re Ban on Hynix DRAM Sales in USA

SEOUL, Korea - February 24, 2009 - yesterday the US District Court for the Northern District of California denied Rambus's request for an injunction barring Hynix from selling its DRAM products in the United States.

The order also finalizes a prior ruling awarding damages to Rambus and imposes royalties of 1% on SDR SDRAM and 4.25% on DDR SDRAM and later generations of DRAMs sold in the US before the final judgment. Hynix and Rambus were ordered to negotiate over royalty rates for sales after the date of final judgment. Hynix expects that a final judgment reflecting this order will be entered soon.

Hynix is gratified that the court rejected Rambus's request for an injunction, but is disappointed by the district court's damages ruling and will file an appeal when the final judgment is entered. Hynix believes that Rambus's patents, as has been recently confirmed by certain rulings of the US Patent & Trademark Office, are invalid. In addition, Hynix maintains that Rambus's conduct in destroying evidence relevant to the litigation between Hynix and Rambus, and Rambus and the rest of the DRAM industry, bars Rambus from enforcing its patents.

The United States District Courts for Delaware and Virginia have already ruled that Rambus is guilty of destroying evidence; the decision of the California court conflicts with these other court decisions. While Hynix's appeal is pending Hynix is not required to pay the judgment; if, as it expects, Hynix prevails on the appeal, the judgment will be reversed. The appeal will take 1 to 2 years under the normal U.S legal procedure. Hynix's US sales of DRAMs will continue uninterrupted. While the appeal is pending Hynix anticipates that the direct damage under the district court's ruling will not be substantial and will be greatly dependent on the results of the appeal. ...Hynix profile, ...Rambus profile

Hitachi GST Buys Desktop SSD Company

SAN JOSE, Calif. - February 23, 2009 - Hitachi GST today announced that it has agreed to acquire Fabrik, Inc. whose leading storage brands include G-Technology and SimpleTech.

Financial details of the transaction, expected to complete in Q2, were not disclosed. Fabrik's business will remain intact and form the core of Hitachi GST's newly-formed external storage business.

The combined company will also leverage operational, technical and product development resources, distribution channels and global reach to accelerate delivery of a full portfolio of traditional hard drives, solid state drives and branded storage products. ...Hitachi GST profile ...G-Technology profile
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