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Foremay Launches SSDs Designed for Mac Market

Editor:- October 6, 2009 - Foremay launched its EC188 Jaguar Series flash SSDs optimized for the Mac market.

Form factors include 1.8", 2.5" and 3.5", interface types include SATA, micro SATA, SATA LIF, IDE and IDE ZIF/LIF. Capacties range from 64GB to 1TB and R/W speeds are upto 260/230MB/s.

"SSD is well known today to be the key element for boosting computing speed for all computing machines and extending battery life in laptop computers," said Jason Hoover, Foremay VP of Marketing. "In the first half this year, we received numerous inquiries from the field asking for Mac SSD and MacBook SSD for various models of Mac machines, from PoweMac to MacBook Air and the latest MacBook Pro Unibody. We hope that the EC188 Jaguar flash hard drive series, which are designed and optimized for the Macintosh OS and machines, can meet the needs of these Apple SSD users with hassle-free operation."

"Some customers complained that the SSDs they bought from the after market did not comply with the Macintosh OS," added Jason. "That is one of the reasons that they turned to Foremay. Since the majority of flash disk drive vendors designed products around the Windows based OS, it is not surprising if one finds that an SSD bought from the after market is not compatible with one's Mac computer. At Foremay, we have invested significantly to develop and offer the EC188 Jaguar Series to be compatible with Mac computers and provide high performance."

USB 3.0 SSDs Coming Soon

Editor:- October 5, 2009 - Active Media Products today announced imminent shipments of its Aviator 312 line of bus powered fast USB 3.0 external SSDs with R/W speeds upto 240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively.

Measuring less than 3" long and only 0.2" thin, the A312 is smaller than a credit card and is designed to fit in a pocket. Capacity options include:- 16GB ($89), 32GB ($119) and 64GB ($209).

Jerry Thomson, VP of sales at Active Media Products commented, "Aviator 312 SSDs are a ground-breaking product with performance that is 8 to 10x faster than today's fastest USB 2.0 flash drives."

Avere Launches Hybrid NAS SSD Rackmounts

Editor:- October 5, 2009 - Avere Systems unveiled its FXT Series of clusterable 2U rackmount hybrid NAS appliances.

Each module contains upto 8x 3.5" SAS hard drives, 64GB DRAM and 1GB of nv RAM. The embedded Avere OS provides storage acceleration by dynamically tiering between the internal rotating and solid state storage. List pricing starts at $52,500.

"The FXT Series is a milestone in the evolution of storage products with its dynamic use of storage media to maximize speed while minimizing cost," said Ron Bianchini, co-founder and CEO of Avere Systems. "The end-result is a product line that can deliver tremendous business value to customers by providing high performance and high efficiency to the storage network simultaneously."

Editor's comments:- Avere is the 3rd company in recent weeks to announce an automatic solution for the age old problem of accelerating legacy hard disk array applications with solid state storage. There are some interesting differences in approach and target markets for these SSD ASAPs.

Avere's product is aimed at NAS systems. It's a complete end user solution which includes the hard disks which are to be accelerated. Avere says the new product can be configured with upto 1.6TB of DRAM per cluster.

Dataram's product is aimed at SAN systems. It's an end user upgrade solution which fits between the customer's FC switch and pre-existing SAN rotating storage arrays. In some cases where users have already over provisioned hard disks - the XcelaSAN may also, as a side effect, increase the usable storage capacity as well as speed up the apps.

Adaptec's product is aimed at DAS systems. The MaxIQ SSD Cache Performance Kit an integrator / oem solution which simplifies the task of building a hybrid storage pool.

Key questions for customers are going to be:- Does it work? How does the price / performance compare to vanilla SSDs and human tuning? And how reliable are the new products going to be? Understanding the failure modes in large SSD arrays is not something that traditional storage designers know very much about.

New Edition - Top 10 SSD OEMs in Q3 2009

Editor:- October 2, 2009 - StorageSearch.com published the new (10th quarterly edition) of the top 10 SSD oems ranked by storage search volume.

It's a popular barometer of the SSD market and includes - as usual - a commentary for each of the companies listed. The results are widely anticipated by vendors themselves - as it gives a comparative measure of how much attention they are getting in the minds of the most influential segment in the SSD market - which is You - the readers of StorageSearch.com.

It's getting harder for companies entering the top 10 list (and even harder staying in). One reason is there are 3x as many manufacturers of SSDs as there were just 2 years ago. And that will accelerate in the coming year - because it's easier now to enter the market.

Rambus Fellow Named Inventor of the Year

Editor:- October 1, 2009 - Rambus today announced that Craig Hampel, a Rambus Fellow, has been named Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Hampel has received 134 U.S. patents. These inventions and associated memory solutions have played a fundamental role in advancements in 3D realism across a number of gaming platforms, including the Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation 2 and 3 game consoles.

"I am proud to work alongside some of the best minds in the industry at Rambus," said Craig Hampel, Fellow at Rambus. "Together, we have designed 3 generations of memory architectures that increased bandwidth nearly 100x and helped enable the rapid rise in performance of computing and consumer products." See also:- storage chips.
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5 Years Ago - October 2004 - from SSD History

BiTMICRO Ships First 3.5" Ultra320 SCSI flash SSDs
October 26, 2004 - BiTMICRO announced its recent shipment of the E-Disk 3S320D - the world's first Ultra320 SCSI flash solid state disk.

The E-Disk 3S320D conforms to the ANSI SCSI-3 SPI-4 standards and is ideal for embedded and applied computing applications that require high reliability, performance, data security, and ruggedness, such as telecom infrastructure network elements, pipeline monitoring, digital mapping, financial on-line transactions, and homeland defense security.

The E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI is OS independent and features up to 42sec access time and a maximum IOPS of 12,500. Sustained R/W rate is 68MB/sec (max) and burst R/W rate is 320MB/sec (max). This pure solid state/non-volatile drive can handle operating shock of up to 1500 Gs and extreme temperatures from -40 to +85C. MTBF is 2 million hours.

Available in a 3.5-inch form factor, maximum capacity for the E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI is 155GB. The drive has a half pitch DB68 connector compliant with SCSI ANSI standards, does not require any device driver, and is completely bootable. The E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI product line is fully compatible with major platforms such as Linux, Solaris, Windows, MacOS and LynxOS, AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, NetBSD, OS/2, QNX, VxWorks, SCO Unixware and Open Server, Solaris x86, and Tru64.

...Later:- u320 was the end of the roadmap for the long running parallel SCSI interface - which had been a formal standard since 1986 - and was based on a concept going back to the 1960s.

In the military SSD market SCSI was effectively replaced by PATA and SATA. When small form factor Serial SCSI SSDs started appearing in 2007 - they were aimed at the enterprise server market rather than the military market.

Founded in 1995, BiTMICRO was an early pioneer in the flash SSD market and is still active in the military SSD market today.

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