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SSD & storage news - May 2009, week 2

Skymedi Enters SSD Controller Market
Editor:- May 14, 2009 - Skymedi has launched a SATA SSD controller aimed at the notebook market.

It supports R/W speeds up to 180MB/s and 150MB/s respectively and upto 512GB capacity. That brings the number of companies listed on our merchant market SSD controller and IP page up to 17. This growing SSD ecostructure makes it easier for new oems to enter the SSD market.

Toshiba Takes the High Ground in Notebook SSD Wars

Editor:- May 14, 2009 - Toshiba announced today it is offering 512GB SSDs as an option in notebooks for the Japanese market.

The new, Toshiba-developed 512GB SSD employs a 2-bit-per-cell MLC flash memory - which gives 4x the capacity of SLC flash used in industrial and enterprise SSDs for the same silicon wafer footprint.

One of the failures of the SSD market in 2008 was the low performance of SSDs integrated in notebooks. Toshiba's new notebook seems to address that market failure . The company says its new SSD controller boosts data throughput figures of 230MB/s reads and 180MB/s writes.

Seagate Sustains Mañana SSD Newsfeeds

Editor:- May 14, 2009 - in an article published today on Seagate continues its epic multi-year SSD talkathon.

In this interview we learn that Seagate's first SSD will most likely aim at the enterprise market, fit in 2.5" form factor and will use its own IP for the interface. the article

Editor's comments:- There are many flash SSD controller technologies in the market - but if Seagate chooses to source this externally - my guess is it will be keen to check out the provenance of the IP and the audit trail for the technology to avoid being hit with lawsuits from other hard disk makers who already have their own SSD products. See also:- 3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market

New SSD Bookmarks - from Dolphin Interconnect Solutions

Editor:- May 13, 2009 - Dolphin's CEO, Tim Miller shares his SSD Bookmarks with readers of

In addition to the interesting articles and blogs suggested today, Tim has answered for me the question of what to call externally connected PCIe SSDs. You may be ahead of me here already - "e-PCIe" is to PCIe what eSATA is to SATA. But it was new to me. I've enjoyed reading the articles this morning. I'm sure you will too. the article

Data Analyzers Invests in New Data Recovery Facility

Orlando, FL - May 12, 2009 - Data Analyzers is moving into a newly acquired class 100 clean room.

The clean room environment at Data Analyzers is used to disassemble malfunctioning hard drives for data recovery purposes.

"Despite the economically difficult times, we have invested in a more efficient clean room environment and are reforming our business development strategies" said Andrew von Ramin Mapp, founder of the company.

What are the Prospects for SAS SSDs?

Editor:- May 12, 2009 - published a new article today which asks - how popular is SAS compared to other interfaces when it comes to reader searches for SSDs? the article

TDK Unveils 2.5" Industrial SSDs

Editor:- May 12, 2009 - TDK launched a range of 2.5" industrial temperature SATA SSDs (SLC and MLC) with upto 64GB capacity and R/W speeds of 95MB/s and 55MB/s respectively.

Other features include 15-bit/sector ECC, 128-bit AES encryption and SMART. The new SSDs include internal UPS and an auto-recovery function that automatically recovers data when read disturbance errors occur. The company also launched a range of 1.8" SSDs.

Patriot Memory Offers Consumers Faster 2.5" SSDs

Editor:- May 11, 2009 - Patriot Memory launched its Torqx line of SATA compatible 2.5" flash SSDs with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

The new models include 64MB of DRAM cache and deliver upto up to 260MB/s read, 180MB/s write speeds. OS support includes:- WindowsXP, Vista, Linux, and Mac OS X.

"With SSD technologies becoming more 'mainstream' in the consumer market, Patriot's goal is to give their customers discretion across their purchasing preferences," said Meng J. Choo, Patriot's Flash Product Manager. "In these tough economic times, consumers are looking for options; our goal is to give them that opportunity to add new technology, and have no reservations about their decisions."

Microsoft and Double-Take Collaborate to Avert Data Loss in Virtual Servers

Editor:- May 11, 2009 - Double-Take Software and Microsoft have collaborated on a disaster recovery solution for virtual workloads.

"Tough economic times are prompting IT organizations to reduce costs through smart virtualization solutions," said Dai Vu at Microsoft Corp. "The remote site recovery solution from Double-Take Software and Microsoft is a smart virtualization solution because it eliminates SAN complexity and cost making it easier to deliver high availability and disaster recovery for virtualized environments."

STEC Reports 25% Revenue Growth

Editor:- May 11, 2009 - STEC said today it expects sales of its ZeusIOPS SSDs in the 1st half of 2009 to reach $65 million.

Overall revenue for the company in Q1 2009 grew 25% year on year to $63.5 million.

New Home Page for the SSD Bookmarks

Editor:- May 8, 2009 - I've created a new home page for the SSD Bookmarks series and made some overdue formating changes.

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week 1 - Fusion-io Secures $47 million Series B Funding
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week 4 - GE Talks About 500GB Optical Storage

March 2009

week 1 - Pretec Samples Highest Capacity ExpressCard SSD
week 2 - Viking Launches SATA Cube SSD
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