about tiny SSDs - from
|StorageSearch.com updates 10 key SSD ideas
Editor:- September 2, 2014 - StorageSearch.com
today published a new home page blog -
SSD ideas which emerged and clarified in 2014.
Yeah - I know it's
not January 2015 yet - but it already feels like enough big SSD changes have
happened this year already to make an end of year type of round up article
not only desirable but imperative. ...read
Hyperstone samples new industrial controller for high integrity
USB 2 SSDs
Editor:- May 26, 2014 - Hyperstone today
that it has begun sampling controllers for
USB 2 SSDs aimed at low
power, high reliability and long data retention applications in the
Hyperstone says its U8 USB controller (available as probed die and in a QFN-76
package) works with SLC and 1x nm MLC.
Cactus adds write disable switch to industrial CFast
April 10, 2014 - Cactus
that it has introduced a new security option - of having a physical
write protect switch - in its
series of industrial SLC CFast SSDs.
It works like this. When
the write protect switch is in the disabled position, the CFast card reads and
writes as normal. When the switch is enabled, the card will read as normal, but
all write attempts are ignored. Data already stored on the card is safe from
"This write protect feature has already been
successfully implemented in the gaming, military and other markets" said
Ng, President of Cactus Technologies.
Silicon Motion's FerriSSDs
Editor:- March 23, 2014 -
FerriSSD (pdf) from
- is a PATA
SSD on a chip (BGA)
which I learned about from Jonathan Bruce
- who suggested it for my article -
Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands - because - he said - the "Ferri"
prefix means "strong or durable".
31, 2014 - in the same product family - Silicon Motion is now sampling a
high performance 6Gb/s SATA FerriSSD - the SM659 (8GB to 64GB capacity, with
80,000 random IOPs, and 30K Program/Erase (P/E) cycles) - which fits into a
90-ball BGA package measuring just 16x20x2mm.
Marvell samples 5K IOPS eMMC SSD
18, 2014 - Marvell
it is sampling a new
5.0 controller - the 88NV1088 - which enables "SSD class"
performance (280MB/s read speed and 5K random IOPS) in a smartphone compatible
InnoDisk announces production of industrial nanoSSD
January 20, 2014 -InnoDisk
full scale production of its
that conforms to JEDEC's
Innodisk integrates a
flash control chip,
NAND flash, and ball grid array (BGA) package to deliver a nanoSSD that requires
only about 1% of the volume (16mm x 20mm x2mm) of a
nanoSSDs has R/W speeds upto 500MB/s and 170MB/s respectively), high
shock-resistance, quick erase features, and ATA security.
Greenliant promises 10 years market availability of SLC
Editor:- September 17, 2013 - One of the pressures which
has been driving embedded SSD designers towards the kind of elaborate
which enable MLC to operate over the full
temperature operating range has been the
cost per terabyte
- but another has been the open question of whether it will be realistically
possible to guarantee sourcing SLC in the future at all - which is why some
companies like Virtium
have instead got product roadmaps which ensure that future design slots can be
filled with identical footprint SSDs which will use whatever future variations
of nand flash memory the future market is likely to offer.
contrast to the decades old market practise of stockpiling old technology
chips for use in legacy equipment designs which are assembled much later.
These longevity assurance programs can get complicated and expensive - and I've
even heard of recent cases where SSDs are emulating 1970s vintage
floppy drives to keep
some expensive machinery running.
There are risks involved in both
these approaches (to SSD design socket continuity).
Anyway in a
today Chen Tsai,
senior VP, manufacturing operations - Greenliant Systems
said that ""To address applications with long lifecycles -
Greenliant's new SLC
SATA NANDrive (industrial
BGA form factor SSDs)
will be available up to 10 years through
For those in the
rugged and military SSD
markets - this type of consideration about long term product availability is
the usual way of doing business.
That's in stark contrast to the
enterprise SSD markets
- in which designers are more interested in the probability that they will be
able to get superior (faster and higher capacity) products in future
motherboard designs (so long as they are
software and interface
compatible) - rather than getting exact clones of the original devices to work
in the unchanged original motherboards.
Industrial Grade eMMC - new blog by Datalight
July 23, 2013 - Datalight
has published a new blog -
Industrial Grade eMMC? - written by Roy Sherrill,
President - who says - "Industrialized eMMC is gaining consideration for
embedded applications in areas such as automotive, medical, aerospace, and other
See also:- more blogs by
Datalight - about extending embedded flash life using software
Crocus gets additional $45 million funding
July 10, 2013 - Crocus
Technology today announced it has raised $45 million (approx) in
additional capital. A new private investor, Industrial Investors, joined the
round led by Idinvest Partners. See also:-
new WD hybrid has SanDisk iSSD inside
Editor:- May 7,
2013 - a new 2.5"
from WD -
called WD Black
SSHD (500GB HDD
capacity, 5mm high SATA)
- has an iSSD
inside - it was
today. The iSSD has 9K/1K R/W IOPS performance and measures 16mm x
20mm x 1.2mm for capacities upto 16GB. Average power consumption is typically
Marvell aims at SSD on a chip market
January 2, 2013 - Marvell
it has made a strategic investment in Memoright.
part of the new collaborative agreements Memoright will write firmware
for Marvell's eMMC controllers - which will speed Marvell's entry into the
tiny SSD market for
use in smartphones and tablets.
STEC eyes large market opportunity for small SSDs
November 20, 2012 - STEC
today published a new blog - why
small format SSDs are better than traditional (2.5") in embedded designs.
Samsung makes fast phone 64GB SSDs on 10nm
November 15, 2012 - Samsung
they've started production of
eMMC SSDs which use 10nm flash geometry.
Aimed at the phone
and tablet market - R/W IOPS performance is 5,000 and 2,000 respectively. R/W
throughput is 260MB/s and 50MB/s.
Editor's comments:- this
shows that when Samsung see a huge enough market opportunity for a specific
range of SSDs their engineers are clever enough to design and make it.
temperature related data rot in flash... a new blog by WD
July 26, 2012 - A good analysis of temperature affects on flash data integrity
can be seen in a recent blog - about
temperature related data rot in flash SSDs - by Eli Tiomkin,
Director, Business Development,
WD Solid State Storage
who says (among other things) - "Over time, NAND cells may lose enough
charge and flip enough bits to overwhelm the ECC capability of the drive
controller and cause data loss."
Eli Tiomkin's useful table lets
you look up the SSD storage temperature and see how much more quickly the
native flash will corrupt - if a suitable
controller or healing
process isn't in place to detect changes and fix them....read
new SSD modules from RunCore
Editor:- May 1, 2012 -
recently packaged its SATA SSD on a chip - the
rSSD - onto
|TDK ships new BGA SSD|
March 21, 2012 - TDK
imminent shipments of a new SATA SLC
SSD on chip.
company's eSSD series provides 1 to 4GB encrypted capacity in a 17mm x 17mm
208-ball BGA package.
Greenliant ships industrial secure SATA NANDrives
February 28, 2012 -
volume shipments of its
rugged SATA SLC
SSDs on a chip (BGA -
14mm x 24mm x 1.95mm) -
GLS85LS - which have upto 8GB capacity, 70/60MB/s R/W, include zoneable
password security and
fast erase, and
strong power fail data
"The SATA NANDrive GLS85LS product family is
backward compatible with the same pin-out across all capacities and temperature
ranges - commercial and industrial - giving customers added flexibility when
using solid state storage in their designs, said Nobu Higuchi, VP of
application engineering and product marketing, Greenliant Systems.
comments:- I never understood before where the "Green" part
in the company's name came from - but it makes sense now - if they're offering a
stable chip footpprint across multiple flash generations.
surprising how many
applications are now viable for tiny SSDs.
The Disk on a Chip
product concept goes back
a long way...
In 1995 - EDN magazine
cited DiskOnChip as 1994's most innovative product for embedded systems. In
those days it provided 1 to 2 Mbytes of data storage.
Commenting on the
(1995) award - Dana
Gross, president of
M-Systems said - "DiskOnChip
represents the innovation and efficiency of M-Systems' technology. This
award-winning product has found applications in embedded computer systems, where
it provides a highly reliable solution for designs faced with space and power
Viking ships nv 8GB DDR3 DIMM
Editor:- October 18,
Viking Modular Solutions
said it is shipping
extension of their nv module range.
ArxCis-NV plugs into standard
RAM sockets and provides
2GB to 8GB RAM which is backed up to SLC flash in the
event of a
power failure - while the memory power is held up by an optional external
25F supercap pack. Viking says these new memory modules can eliminate the need
for battery backup units in servers and the maintenance logistics associated
with maintaining them. They are specified as being maintenance free for "5
years @ 60C".
Editor's comments:- will these new modules
replace batteries in
RAM SSDs? - I doubt it
- because of scalability issues - like managing a spiderweb of 100+ dangly
bits of wire when you have a terabyte of RAM. Having said that - there are many
applications which only use a small number of memory chips which could benefit
from such a product.
Microsemi packs secure SATA 75GB SLC SSD into PBGA
September 29, 2011 -
shipping secure rugged SATA SSD chips for embedded defense applications with
upto 75GB SLC capacity in a single 32mm x 28mm PBGA (plastic ball grid array).
Advanced security features include AES-128 encryption, self-destruct
capability and whole-module
erase with "push-button"
trigger option, which are essential for mission-critical defense and aerospace
applications, ruggedized mobile systems, surveillance, avionics, navigation and
ruggedized portable storage solutions.
"Our ability to miniaturize microelectronics systems has proven
to be a key advantage in defense applications where SWaP solutions are critical,"
Bogdanski, director of marketing for Microsemi. "Offering a
complete solid state storage system in a compact module allows designers to add
more features to their systems, while supporting key security features that are
increasingly important to our defense and aerospace customers."
Editor's comments:- as with
their 2.5" SSDs -
Microsemi's new SSD chips
integrity from sudden power loss using a unique architecture which doesn't
involve batteries or supercaps. See also:-
RunCore samples new SSD chip for smart phones
September 12, 2011 - RunCore
is 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 industrial temperature versions - and includes SMART commands to
monitor the life expectancy of the product.
"MCP products will be
the next high market demand in the future, and we foresee that this growth will
increase exponentially " said , the RunCore's CEO Jack Wu.
comments:- the 1st "disk on chip" products
came to market 17
years ago in 1994. In those days
flash controllers were
wasn't an issue because of the slow interfaces and high endurance (large
geometry) SLC. Today's tiny SSDs (listed in the
directory) - have all the same functions inside as regular
2.5" SSDs. Over 30
oems make them - for markets ranging from military systems to phones.
new Emphase SSDs suit small spaces and power budgets
June 22, 2011 - Emphase
announced a new
range of miniature industrial SATA SLC SSDs which have been engineered
to operate off as little as 0.5 watts max and fit into less than 4mm height.
range from 1GB to 32GB. R/W speeds upto 120/100MB/s. All S3 Series SATA modules
come with a tightly managed BOM and a 5-year warranty, with the option for
Foremay ships 32GB PATA disk on chip
25, 2011 - Foremay
today announced it is shipping 32GB
PATA versions of its
SSD Disk on Chip which measures 22 x 22 x 1.8 mm and has R/W speeds of 70
and 40MB/s respectively.
what happens in SSDs when power goes down? - and why you should
Editor:- February 24, 2011 - StorageSearch.com today published
a new article -
SSD power is
going down! - which surveys power down management design factors in
SSDs. 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 negligible. ...read the
SanDisk promises 64GB miniature SSDs in Q3
February 14, 2011 - SanDisk
preannounced details of a new
miniature SSD which
will ship in Q3 2011 - the
has upto 64GB (x3 MLC) capacity in a 12mm x 16mm x 1mm package.
smartphones and tablets, every millimeter of thickness counts," said Amir
Lehr, VP, embedded business, SanDisk. "Designers are constantly looking for
new ways to make mobile devices as small and thin as possible. To meet that
need, SanDisk's advanced NAND process and packaging technologies allow us to
pack more storage into smaller and slimmer footprints. This in turn enables OEMs
to design more compact devices while freeing up precious board space for other
needs, such as larger batteries."
View from the SSD Viking Longboat
February 3, 2011 - I had a briefing recently in which I learned more about Viking's SSD business.
in the embedded market - so most of you won't be familiar or interested in what
they do. But if you do move in those (physically restricted and confined)
circles you can read my article in
their profile page.
new edition - Top 20 SSD Companies
12, 2011 - StorageSearch.com
today published the new edition of the
Top 20 SSD companies.
15th quarterly edition in this popular series is based on market data for the
4th quarter of 2010. Whether you're buying SSDs, selling them, trying to
understand what's happening in the SSD market, choosing a strategic SSD partner
or want to invest in an SSD company - this is the much anticipated short list
which you can't afford to ignore.
...read the article
Memoright's new 1.2" SSDs
Editor:- December 8,
2010 - Memoright
recently launched a new range of
SATA SSDs with secure
erase, 8,000 IOPS, 100/80MB/s R/W performance and upto 64GB capacity.
Greenliant samples SATA BGA SSDs
Editor:- November 8,
compatible variants of its
The new SSDs have upto 64GB capacity in a 14mm x 24mm x
1.85mm 145 BGA. Active-mode power consumption as low as 500mW and a deep
power-down mode can reduce this to 10mW. The SSDs have content protection zones
and designers can select areas of the storage to protect with
"OEMs have recognized the benefits of Greenliant's NANDrive in providing
and the addition of SATA-based NANDrive devices provides our customers with more
options to choose a compatible SSD that best suits their needs for various
market segments and applications," said Bing Yeh, CEO of Greenliant
Systems. "While we are currently sampling our new commercial-grade SATA
NANDrive products, an industrial-grade version is under development."
ATP launches slim SATA SSD module
29, 2010 - ATP
Electronics launched a
vertical Slim SATA Embedded
SSD module with 2GB to 16GB capacity and sequential R/W speeds upto
116MB/s and 102MB/s respectively.
ATP's new SSD module has internal
wear-leveling and has drivers for Windows and Linux. Its small size (54mm
x39.8mm x4.0mm) makes it a viable replacement for
2.5" SSDs in
space constrained embedded applications.
Microsemi 's new 16GB PBGA PATA SLC SSD
August 27, 2010 - Microsemi
now offers a 16GB SLC NAND version of its
PBGA SSDs - which
are designed specifically for use in the rugged and demanding environments of
defense and aerospace
PATA SSD has an
integrated 32-bit RISC flash
correction and power interruption protection.
Update on the smallest PATA SSD
Editor:- August 18,
2010 - Micross
Components indicated that a future version of its
(the world's smallest PATA
SSD - which has a footprint of 14 x 24 x 1.3mm and weighs only 0.8 grams)
may be offered with extended operation upto 105 degrees C.
Viking samples slim SATA SSD
Editor:- August 16,
2010 - Viking Modular
Solutions is sampling its
Slim SATA SSD
- which provides upto 120GB capacity and 260MB/s R/W speeds in less than
half the size of a 2.5"
the Top 10 SSD oems in the 2nd quarter of 2010
July 6, 2010 - StorageSearch.com
today published the 13th quarterly edition of the
Top 10 SSD OEMs -
with new commentaries and analysis - and a 1st time appearance in the top 10
list by OCZ.
Tracking the search volume of millions of SSD readers - the series is designed
to alert you to emerging market trends and simplify your process of
shortlisting potential partners and suppliers. ...read the article
Apacer samples MO-300 mSATA SSDs
Editor:- June 9,
2010 - Apacer
sampling its 1st SSDs which comply with JEDEC's spec
for mSATA SSD - which is about 75% smaller than a typical
miniature SATA Disk
Module II M1 SLC
SSD has R/W speeds upto 100MB/sec and capacities options from 4GB - 32GB -
whereas the MLC version R/W speeds are upto 95MB/s and 50MB/s and MLC
capacities are 2x greater. Both new SSD families include global wear
leveling, S.M.A.R.T technology,
function and intelligent power failure recovery, and are processed compliant
TDK launches SLC half slim SSDs
Editor:- March 30,
2010 - TDK
SHG2A series of half slim, encrypted industrial
SATA SLC SSD modules.
The new SSDs have a maximum capacity of 32GB and R/W speeds of 95MB/s and
of 55MB/s respectively.
ECC is 8 bit/sector (512 byte) correction (15
bit/sector correction). Endurance is 100,000 write cycles per block address (6.3
billion writes for a 16GB model). TDK has a life span assessment tool which
enables customers to monitor the life span of these SSDs in their systems.
Viking's SATA Cube3 DOM MIL certified
3, 2010 - Viking
Modular Solutions today
that its SATA Cube3 128GB DOM
(launched in March
2009) has successfully completed tests pursuant to the
STEC samples slim SSDs with deep roots
March 2, 2010 -STEC
has started sampling a new family of
SlimSATA and SATA-CF
32GB/64GB flash SSDs for use in embedded markets.
15,000 / 6,000 R/W
IOPS and R/W transfer rates are up to 135MB/s and 130MB/s respectively.
New Name for 20 Year Old Austin Semiconductor
February 4, 2010 - Austin
Semiconductor recently announced it plans to change its name and (along
with some other companies) it will be merged into a new entity and brand to be
called Micross Components.
WEDC Launches Secure PATA SSD in PBGA
January 18, 2010 - White
Electronic Designs has
4GB secure PATA SLC
SSD in a 22mm x 27mm
PBGA for embedded military applications.
This product is designed for
applications in aircraft, communications and missiles. A hardware and software
triggered fast purge
can eliminate all data in less than 10 seconds and device options include
compliant with various government agency specifications.
Fast Purge flash SSDs
Editor:- September 25, 2009 -
published a new directory of Fast Purge flash SSDs.
many industrial SSD vendors are offering their products with extended "rugged"
operating environment capabilities - it's the availability of fast purge which
differentiates "true military" SSDs which can be deployed in
PhotoFast Tells More About its CFast SSDs
August 24, 2009 - PhotoFast
of its "1 inch"
CFast compatible MLC SSDs which had been mentioned as a component in its RAID
product launched earlier this month.
Capacities are 8, 16 and 32GB. R/W
speeds are 100MB/s and 50MB/s respectively.
Samsung Samples Netbook SSD
Editor:- June 23, 2009 -
sampling a SATA mini-card SSD for use in the expanding
marketplace with these key parameters:-
"The market is beginning to embrace a
smaller SSD for the
nascent netbook sector," said Jim Elliott, vp, memory marketing, Samsung
- footprint:- 30mm by 51mm by 3.75mm
- weight:- 8.5g
- capacity options:- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
- R/W speeds:- 200MB/s and 100MB/s respectively
- power:- 0.3W
SanDisk Ships New DOM for Netbooks
Editor:- June 2,
2009 - SanDisk
started shipping its 2nd generation of PATA compatible
modules for the netbook market.
Performance of SanDisk's new
pSSD is 9,000 vRPM and capacities range from 8 to 64GB. SanDisk says it has
improved the non volatile cache to prevent "stalling" or "shuddering"
which was a problem in 1st generation netbook SSDs.
WEDC Launches Rugged Miniature SSD
26, 2009 - today White
Electronic Designs introduced a surface mount miniature
PATA SLC SSD (22mm x
27mm PBGA) with 1, 2 and 4GB densities for use in high reliability
embedded applications such as aircraft, communications and missiles. Military & Rugged
new home page for - SSD SoCs
Editor:- April 7, 2009 -
launched a new directory of merchant market
SSD SoC vendors.
Hagiwara Unveils CFast Storage Card
26, 2009 - Hagiwara
Sys-Com has extended its range of
1" SSDs - with
the launch of the
Card which will ship in Q2.
These industrial grade SSDs are form
factor compatible with CF cards, but have a
Capacities range from 2GB to 16GB. See also:-
Evolution of the CompactFlash Interface (pdf)
Launches SATA Cube SSD.............................................|
|Editor:- March 10, 2009 - Viking Modular Solutions
has launched the
- a miniature flash SSD
which provides upto 256GB capacity in a small 30x32mm footprint. |
R/W speeds are 110MB/s and 79MB/s respectively. It's available as a BGA device
or with a MicroSATA connector.
Waiting for Legal Costs Related to Cornice Litigation|
February 18, 2009 - a report today on Law.com says Seagate is
suing its legal insurer for not paying in full the costs incurred in suing Cornice.
SiliconDrive Blade Gets Editor Award in Electronic Design Magazine
Editor:- January 13, 2009 - SiliconSystems
announced that its SiliconDrive
Blade has been selected as a "2008 Best
Electronic Design" technology of the year winner in the embedded small
form factor category.
Petite SSD Chip Seeks Reliable Rugged Assignments
Texas - November 5 , 2008 - Austin Semiconductor, Inc. announces a
smaller, more compact 7.5 cm3 (31mm sq x 7.8mm max height) ruggedized SSD.
The SLC flash SSD offers upto 16GB capacity, has an IDE, PIO/4
interface, and MTBF of more than 2 million hours. and is designed for harsh
InnoDisk Announces Smallest SATA SSD
Taiwan - June 2,
2008 - InnoDisk announced the world's physically smallest SATA SSD - the
SATADOM - measuring 39mm by 20.5mm by 8mm.
from 128MB to 8GB. The SLC flash SSD has a sustainable read speed of 24MB/sec
and write speed of 14MB/sec. ...InnoDisk profile
STEC Announces Fast 1" SSD
ANA, Calif - April 21, 2008 - STEC, Inc. announced the MACH4 - a 1"
SATA / PATA SSD.
For a small drive - the MACH4 is fast:- with
sustained sequential reads upto 90MB/s and writes upto 55MB/s. It's expected to
be in mass production at the end of April in capacities up to 32GB. Projected
OEM pricing for the 8GB capacity point is $45.
"For the numerous
applications which were historically challenged by the severe limitations of 1
inch HDDs, STEC is now offering a much more cost-effective, higher capacity and
higher reliability alternative..." said STEC's Patrick Wilkison.
Trident Space & Defense
launched the BGADrive - an IDE compatible 32GB flash SSD in a 29mm x 29mm form
factor module for embedded applications.
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Introduces World's Smallest Hard Drive
7, 2004 - Toshiba
today announced the development of a 0.85-inch hard disk drive, the first drive
to deliver multi-gigabyte storage in a
sub-one-inch form factor.
Expected to be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, Toshiba will start sampling
the new drive in summer 2004, with mass production to begin in late 2004
Measuring only a quarter of the size of Toshiba's 1.8-inch drive, the 0.85-inch
HDD is expected to boost the functionality of a new generation of products,
including mobile phones, digital audio players, PDAs, digital still cameras,
camcorders and external storage devices.
Toshiba initially plans to
introduce capacities of 2GB and 4GB, and anticipates achievement of even higher
densities in the 0.85-inch form factor.
A prototype of the 0.85-inch
HDD will be shown at Toshiba's booth (#12214) on the CES show floor January
in January 2011 - over 30 manufacturers now market
drives in 1" and
smaller form factors - although for economic reasons these are mostly SSDs.
The history of this market is described in
Miniature Storage Drive Market for 1" and smaller SSDs