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
|Editor:- September 30, 2015 - RunCore was
ranked #23 in the
Q2 2015 edition of
Top SSD Companies List
which is researched and published by StorageSearch.com.
RunCore's best previous position in this series was - #5 in
2009 Q1 when there
were only 112 SSD companies actively engaged in the market (compared to over
So - from a comparative and strategic business point of
view - it's more significant for RunCore to be in the top 25 now than to
have once been in the top 10 section of the list - 6 years ago.
| RunCore SSD - what's the picture now?
editor - StorageSearch.com - March 18, 2015
appeared on the pages of StorageSearch.com in 2008. At that time there were only
100 companies in the SSD market so it was easy for me to talk to them all.
Nowadays I'm more picky - and ration my time according to priorities
which will I think will work best for my readers. Priorites set by several
factors such as future trends in the market, popularity of articles and (most
important of all) rankings in the visible and private regions of the
Top SSD Companies List.
I hadn't heard from RunCore for a while so when Limuel Yap VP
of Global Business Operations contacted me this month - I used the opportunity
to refresh my understanding of how and where RunCore sees its strengths in
the SSD market now.
Limuel said its strategic strengths were related to
RunCore's strong technical focus and customer history.
has successfully adapted to being an important SSD supplier in niche
applications despite there being so many other competitors in the wider
When I asked him to rank the relative importance of all the
markets which RunCore was engaged in - Limuel said - "Right now, Runcore
has gained more business in Embedded, Medical and Military markets."
And he gave me examples of some of the strongest products they had in each of
I wasn't surprised to hear that in the
military SSD market -
secure erase, data encryption and physical destruction 2.5" SATA II SSD
has been doing well. (That's a similar story to other vendors in this market.)
smaller form factors - Runcore's
rSSD (one-chip SSD) and miniDOM
variants (launched in May
2012) have had some big design wins with good long term prospects in
And in medical markets - RunCore is continuing to see future
demand for reliable PATA
SSDs which have write protect and secure erase functions. (Other
companies who also supply that option include
Who's who in SSD? - by
editor - June 2013
RunCore - ranked #21 in the
Top SSD Companies List
in Q4 2013 - 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
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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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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."
In May 2010 -
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.
In September 2010
announced significant price reductions on its
2.5" SATA SSDs - which have SandForce's SF1200
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 -
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.
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
it has closed $10 million in Series B funding led by OFC.
|RunCore SSDs and
Wu (who at that time was) CMO of RunCore
first contacted me about getting a listing for their SSDs here on
StorageSearch.com in August 2008.
another one of those exciting years in the SSD market where it seemed that
anything was possible. And by the end of that year - the number of oems actively
marketing SSDs and listed on this site passed 100 companies.
the number of competitors in the market - enough of our readers understood the
merits of what they were doing to propel the company into the
Top 10 SSD Companies
List in Q1 2009.
As there was so much affinity with our readers'
interests and RunCore's SSDs - RunCore began advertising here 6 months after
we published those results. By that time (Q3 2009) we had already been
running SSD ads here for 10 years - so it was a safe choice for any seriously
minded SSD company.
Below is an example of a RunCore banner ad which
ran here in 2010.
In all we ran 9 different designs of SSD banner
ads and about 5 other types of SSD ads here during 2009 to 2012 which were seen
by over 1 million of our SSD readers.
|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.