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SSD news - February 2010, week 2

Micron acquires NOR flash leader

Editor:- February 9, 2010 - Micron today announced an agreement to acquire privately held Numonyx in an all-stock transaction worth approximately $1.3 billion.

This strengthens Micron's position as one of the world's leading memory companies, with a broad portfolio of DRAM, NAND and NOR memory products.

Analyst comment:- from Objective Analysis - "By acquiring Numonyx, Micron is buying the current leader in the NOR flash market - which has been a difficult one for nearly all participants. Leaders Numonyx and Spansion have suffered losses for several years, with Spansion recently turning a profit through a strategy largely focused upon markets for low-density parts used by markets outside of cell handsets, the largest consumer of NOR flash. Micron itself participated in NOR starting in the late 1990s, but abandoned this effort in 2006."

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SSD Market Projections - from Denali & Gartner

Editor:- February 9, 2010 - Denali Software published an article - the Evolving Enterprise SSD - which comments on detailed SSD market size predictions from Gartner related to SSD form factors and interfaces.

If you look at the curves related to form factors - you can infer that's readers are about 3 to 4 years ahead of the market in their search volume.

Another way of looking at it is that our readers have always been ahead of the SSD market adoption curve - and have been historically and statistically significant in shaping the SSD market penetration curves by their actions in either designing SSDs or buying them.

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Foremay samples 200K IOPS class PCIe SSD Cards

Editor:- February 8, 2010 - Foremay is sampling its EC188 D-series 2nd generation fast PCIe SSDs with capacity upto 4TB (MLC) and 1TB (SLC).

The new SSDs deliver sequential speeds up to 1.6 GB/s for reading and 1.5 GB/s for writing, and R/W IOPS up to 200K/180K.

"IOPS is one of the major pain points to be addressed in the deployment of today's high-end and mission-critical servers and workstations," said Dr. Jack Winters, Foremay's CTO and cofounder. "We hope that our new EC188 D-series PCIe SSDs, with greater than 100K IOPS and more than 1GB/s bandwidth, can help solve problems in the majority of those computing applications where IOPS or speed is the bottleneck."

Editor's comments:- Foremay's new PCIe SSDs aim at the same kind of customers who currently buy from Fusion-io and Texas Memory Systems both of whom have been shipping this type of product for over a year already. Customer qualification by OS and application type is a prerequisite to sales in this part of the market. Foremay will have to be aggressive on price to get volume customers interested enough to test its products.
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