RunCore, founded in 2007 and now building the largest SSD factory in
China, has more than 50 patents in the field of solid-state storage - and
designs products for
RunCore is pursuing the philosophy of technology-led
products at the core, service as a fundamental business; relying on more than 10
years of research techniques of National Defense University, with high
performance solid state drive as a start, constantly enrich solid-state storage
- editor mentions on StorageSearch.com
Who's who in SSD? - by
editor - January 2013
RunCore - ranked #11 in the
Top SSD Companies List
in Q4 2012 - is the largest maker and supplier of SSDs in China and in past
years has been one of the world's fastest growing SSD companies. It was
listed in the
Deloitte Technology Fast 50 China List (pdf) - with a revenue growth rate of
RunCore's SSD pedigree started out designing fast military
SSDs. The company developed experience in designing
using its own SSD IP. In recent years the company has also used
SSD controllers from
other companies, including SandForce (LSI) and more recently
offers products in a broad range of markets including:-
2.5" SSDs and
SSDs on a chip.
more info about RunCore take a look at the links above and
editor mentions on StorageSearch.com
I currently talk to more
than 300 makers of SSDs and another 100 or so companies which are
closely enmeshed around the SSD ecosphere - which are all profiled here on
the mouse site.
I learn about new SSD companies every day, including
many in stealth mode. If you're interested in the growing
big picture of
the SSD market canvass - StorageSearch will help you along the way. Many
SSD company CEOs read our site too - and say they value our thought leading SSD
content - even when we say something that's not always comfortable to hear. I
hope you'll find it it useful too.
December 2008 -
1.8" PATA SSDs aimed
at the notebook upgrade market. Available with capacity upto 128GB (retail
price $389.99 ) an inbuilt slave
USB port enables users to
easily clone their internal hard
drive using Acronis
True Image (or similar) software. The SSD can then be installed in the notebook
typically giving a 4x speedup. RunCore also launched its Hyper Speed - a
SATA SSD with 256GB
with RW speeds of 230MB/s and 150MB/s respectively priced under $700
February 2009 - RunCore
launched a mini PCI-e form factor, SATA interface compatible flash SSD with
16GB to 128GB capacity. R/W speeds are 125MB/s and 90MB/s respectively.
May 2009 - RunCore's
Pro IV 2.5" MLC SSDs was reviewed in an
in TweakTown.com - which concluded...
considered, the RunCore Pro IV is a hell of a drive that is able to cross over
into several market segments; consumer, prosumer and enterprise. The Pro IV is
fast, one of the fastest on the market, but that speed comes at a cost and that
is really where our only issue sits."
In July 2009 -
RunCore was listed #5
in the 9th quarterly edition of the -
Top 10 SSD Companies.
(Same as before.)
In November 2009 -
availability of the Runcore Pro IV Light mini-SATA 50mm PCI-e SSD - a
regular flash SSD
design and small form factor - which is designed to accelerate
Capacity options include:- 16GB (32MB cache), 32GB and 64GB (64MB cache) with
smaller capacity drives for oems available on request. Sustained R/W speeds
are 125MB/s and 80MB/s. Random R/W speeds (4K blocks) are 18MB/s read and 5
MB/s respectively. RunCore says it's compatible with all major OSes and
installs easily via its USB
Mobile computing blogger
JKKmobile.com has created many
videos about upgrading notebook PCs with SSDs -
an example with an earlier model from RunCore.
In January 2010 -
shipments of the 1st SSDs aimed at the
PXI Express market (a standard
which brings PCIe performance and functionality into the robust modular form
factor popular in automated instrumentation
test systems). RunCore's
CPCIe\PXIe SSD card provides upto 768GB
MLC or 384GB SLC
capacity and has sustained R/W speeds upto 400MB/s. Available with industrial
operating temperature range and MIL-STD-810F processing, the module provides a
fast purge rate of
Also in January 2010 - a benchmark
article in TweakTown.com concluded that RunCore's upcoming Pro V
2.5" SSD - which
SoC is the fastest SATA
2 SSD they have tested.
In March 2010 -
RunCore unveiled a new
security feature for a consumer notebook SSD at
CeBIT 2010. If your notebook is stolen
you send a (cell-phone) text message to it - and it destroys the data. There's
interview of RunCore's SSDs done by hexus tv here. It's very boring at the
start - and I was just about to turn it off (even though RunCore is a customer
of mine) - when I started to hear a lot of very significant stuff about their
rugged and military technology and how some of that expertise was trickling
down into consumer
SSDs - like a waterproof SSD.
In April 2010 -
RunCore's Pro-V SSD
(which uses a SandForce
SF1200 SoC) was reviewed in an article in
- "The 200GB RunCore Pro-V SSD delivered 286/277 MBps peak read and writes
speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark and trailed by 253/248 MBps in Everest, making
this one the fastest SATA-3GBps MLC SSDs we've tested."
2010 - RunCore
started sampling 2.5"
SAS flash SSDs for the
enterprise server market. The Kylin II product line, available with
MLC, EMLC or SLC
flash, has R/W speeds upto 270MB/s and 260MB/s respectively, R/W
30,000 and 25,000, upto 400GB capacity and 3 years warranty.
2010 - RunCore
announced significant price reductions on its
2.5" SATA SSDs - which have SandForce's SF1200
In December 2010 -
RunCore unveiled a
3.5" SATA 3 flash SSD with 1TB capacity. Internally the SSD includes 2
drives, each with its own
SandForce 1200 controller,
which can be configured as separate drives or in a simple RAID 0 configuration.
The product will be demonstrated at CeBIT
in March 2011.
In July 2011 -
RunCore has opened its
first international sales office outside its its original roots in China.
The new office - which will handle sales and distribution is in San Jose,
California. The company also
6Gbps mSATA SSD based on the
controller - with R/W rates upto 550 MB/s and 470 MB/s respectively and upto
In August 2011 -
is preparing to build the biggest SSD factory in China to enable the company to
cope with the increasing international demand for its products. The new factory
and test facility - based in Jinzhou Development Zone in Changsha city - is
expected to be complete in early 2012.
In September 2011 -
sampling a low power SATA SSD chip - in a BGA micro-chip package for embedded
apps like mobile phones and tablet PCs. The rSSD T100 will be available in
temperature versions - and includes SMART commands to monitor the life
expectancy of the product.
In October 2011 - SSD
Flash Drive Reviews published initial results of Windows 7 benchmark
tests for RunCore's
Pro V 2.5"
SATA III SSD.
In November 2011 -
has been ranked #14 in the new Deloitte
Technology Fast 50 China Program of 2011 - which ranks companies based on
revenue growth over the past 3 years.
In January 2012 -
RunCore announced it is
shipping a 7mm
2.5" SATA 3 SSD for the high performance Ultrabook market.
May 2012 - RunCore
offered its SATA SSD on a chip - the
rSSD - on
In January 2013 -
RunCore was the 1st
external company to announce a
BiTMICRO OnBoard SSD
products - the Kylin III MAX family (fast
|RunCore closes $10 million
|Editor:- March 29, 2013 - RunCore today
has closed $10 million in Series B funding led by OFC (Oriental Fortune
The global solid state storage market is booming, so
we believe that now is the best time to take on board strategic investors to
more rapidly achieve our globalization plans" said Jack Wu, CEO -
|RunCore launches fast PCIe
|Editor:- September 24, 2012 - RunCore today
fastest yet PCIe SSD - the
Kylin III PCIe.|
|This new SSD has upto 1.4TB (usable) MLC
capacity (full height, half length) R/W bandwith of 3GB/s and 2GB/s respectively
- and R/W IOPS upto 700K / 500K (with 4KB blocks) and 3 / 1.4 million IOPS
(512B). Read latency is 65µS (512B). Power consumption is under 15W
(idle) and upto 50W (active).|
Editor's comments:- this new
SSD from RunCore is in a different performance class to earlier generations from
the company which were frankly nowhere near the best of breed in speed.
PCIe SSDs is now a
very crowded market - it gives buyers another viable (Top 20 SSD companies list)
supplier to choose from.
|Where are we now
with SSD software? |
How fast can your SSD
SSDs - the Survive and Thrive Guide
Efficiency - making the
same SSD using less flash
|the 3 fastest flash
PCIe SSDs - list / lists|
|Are you tied up in
knots trying to shortlist flash SSD accelerators ranked according to
published comparative benchmarks?|
You know the sort of thing I mean -
where a magazine compares 10 SSDs or a blogger compares 2 SSDs against each
other. It would be nice to have a shortlist so that you don't have to waste too
much of your own valuable time testing unsuitable candidates wouldn't it?
StorageSearch's long running
fastest SSDs directory
typically indicates 1 main product in each form factor category but those
examples may not be compatible with your own ecosystem.
If so a
new article -
the 3 fastest PCIe
SSDs list (or is it really lists?) may help you cut that Gordian
knot. Hmm... you may be thinking that StorageSearch's editor never gives easy
answers to SSD questions if more complicated ones are available.
||But in this case you'd be
wrong. (I didn't say you'd like the answers, though.) ...read the article|
sudden power loss|
|Why should you care
what happens in an SSD when the power goes down? |
This important design
feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases
- has a strong impact on
SSD data integrity
This article will help you understand why some
SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in
others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be
|Why isn't "rugged"
good enough for MIL?|
|The need for fast and
secure data erase - in which vital parts of a flash SSD or its data are
destroyed in seconds - has always been a requirement in military projects.
many industrial SSD
vendors offer products with extended "rugged" operating
environment capabilities - and even notebooks SSDs come with encryption -
it's the availability of fast destructive data purge which differentiates
SSDs which can be deployed in sensitive applications. Which vendors make
these SSDs? How do they work? And what are the characteristics and limitations
of the various methods used? Click on the link above to find out more in my
special article / directoryabout fast purge SSDs.