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Founded in 2009 - Novachips is a leading provider of a broad range of flash storage processors and storage drives with breakthrough capacity and scalability. Novachips reimagined Flash storage from the inside out and offer the SSD industry's most advanced capabilities with high storage capacity for enterprise-class storage applications. Novachips products are built upon the company's unique flash memory architecture, which significantly outpaces the scalability, performance and reliability of SSDs that use NAND Flash. Novachips has offices in Bundang, S. Korea; San Jose, California and Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please visit

Who's who in SSD? - Novachips - by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - March 2015

Novachips has its own flash controller technology and interconnect architecture which supports the design of high capacity SSDs.

Its HyperLink SSD interface IP - which was jointly developed with a company called Conversant (Novachips acquired HLNAND along with about 260 related patents in January 2015) uses a serial, point-to-point, daisy-chain topology to connect up to 255 memory devices in a single memory channel, called a 'Ring'.

Because each HLNAND device is only connected to the next device in the Ring, it is driving just one load. Therefore, unlike other interconnect methods in which adding flash capacity to attain the addressible limits of the controller involves adding memory devices (and capacitance) in parallel on the same lines - thereby slowing down the data rate - an HLNAND SSD can maintain maximum speed regardless of the number of devices populated in the Ring.

That - combined Novachips's flash controller designs - enable 8TB 2.5" SSDs with current generations of available memory.

Novachip currently operates in these markets:-
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"If Novachips had started off in Silicon Valley it would have already emerged as a leading global company. We need to create an environment where there's a premium instead of a discount on start-ups created and operating in Korea,"
Jin-Ki Kim, CEO of Novachips - in a blog re the SSD market in - Korea JoongAng Daily (December 22, 2014)
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8TB 2.5" PCIe SSDs sampling soon from Novachips
Editor:- March 4, 2015 - Are you interested in a world's first 2.5" 8TB (15mm height) PCIe Gen2 x4 SSD (pdf) with a single controller developed by Novachips. in Korea?

Novachip 8TB 2.5 inch PCIe SSDThat was an email I got recently from Sean Oh, based in Kronberg, Germany, ( who is the sales representative for these products in Europe.

What would you say? I did the same. After reading up the info he attached (there's a SATA version too) I asked some questions about availability. Here's what Sean said.
  • The working engineering samples have been available since last year.
  • The 1st customer sample comes out in the next 30 days.
  • We plan to start a mass production in 2nd half of this year.
Editor's comments:- part of this story has its roots in a news story from May 2007 - when a company called MOSAID was talking about a new, light capacitive load, ring based, flash memory topology called HLNAND. To make it work they needed a controller. Novachips collaborated on the design and recently acquired the assets and patents.
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