|Emphase launches 2.5"
MIL SSD family|
Editor:- May 11, 2011 - Emphase today
launched a new
range of rugged, MIL-STD-810F compliant 2.5" SATA SLC SSDs - which are
currently available with upto 128GB capacity.
SSD has R/W speeds upto 170 / 90MB/sec respectively and
fast erase. Should
the drive lose power during a protect, erase, or destroy command, the device
will resume the operation as soon as power is restored. Standard product has
high tolerance for high altitudes, shock, vibration, temperature, and humidity -
options include conformal coating.
Dell expands SSD take-up from Fusion-io
10, 2011 - Fusion-io
that more of its PCIe SSDs
(including 640GB ioDrives and the 1.28TB Duo) are
from Dell - which is also extending the number of server platforms
supporting these accelerator options.
STEC shifts from FPGAs to ASICs in ZeusIOPS
May 10, 2011 - STEC
announced it will transition the hardware used in its high performance
ZeusIOPS (2.5" and
3.5") SSDs from a
dependence on FPGAs to ASICs. And the same ASIC design will be used in
new PCIe SSDs later
STEC also announced that its revenue in the most recent
quarter was back in alignment with the growth rates for the enterprise SSD
market - following a decline in the preceding year attributed to over
stocking by its biggest customer
comments:- in many of the fastest flash SSDs data block moves in the
SSD controller are
done by dedicated hardware rather than microprocessors.
(which are predesigned hardware blocks which have their final interconnections
JIT electrically programmed as they are deployed) enable faster time to market
when supporting new flash
memory chips compared to ASICs (which can implement any arbitrary logic
function - but have to go through an entire semiconductor factory
manufacturing process - with all its attendant batch logistics queuing,
testing and shipping delays).
Above a certain volume threshold
(which varies according to the final market economics) ASICs enable lower
power consumption and lower unit cost. FPGAs are more economic in lower volume
markets and provide greater flexibility. Some SSD makers use a mixture of ASICs
and FPGAs within their fast enterprise SSD product families - whereas
makers rarely if ever use FPGAs except as concept demonstrators.
SSD beats HDD (price / capacity) in SPC .
May 10, 2011 - Texas
Memory Systems today
record-setting audited SPC-1
and SPC-2 performance results produced by its flagship rackmount flash SSD
- the RamSan-630.
of the new results includes a first appearance of an
in SPC-2 category. Whereas the
is for a fibre-channel system.
Editor's comments:- as I said in
an article 3
years ago - results which simply show that an SSD is faster than a
traditional over provisioned hard disk system rarely deserve news mention
status - no matter how high the ratio.
What TMS says is different about
these results - is that its SLC flash SSD system also cost less per gigabyte
than the previous record holder's HDD based system.
EMC will enter PCIe SSD market
Editor:- May 9, 2011
- EMC today
new strategies related to the
other things EMC said it has created a flash business unit and will enter the
PCIe SSD market later
this year. The company indicated that its run rate of shipping flash storage
array capacity in 2011 is approximately 3x the level it had achieved in
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