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Unlike other industrial solid-state storage - eMMC can be configured to operate in one of two modes: SLC - sometimes called “enhanced mode” or MLC - referred to as “standard mode”. While enhanced mode has half the number of storage bits, it lasts about 20x as long as standard mode.
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Marvell's new skinny controller will enable BGA PCIe SSDs

Editor:- December 9, 2014 - 3 of the most significant differentiating factors in flash SSD control architecture are:- In the past year or so - we've seen a few companies - whose controller products have long been distinctly at one end of each of the above categories - introduce new designs which can operate in the other. This is a competitive response to the realization that any single architecture is better suited for some applications rather than others and no single design set is best for all markets.

For example - the SandForce SF-3700 - launched last year - added big controller features as an option to its legacy minimalist small architecture configuration mode. And before that - the intrinsically skinny (cache) SF family added support for optional external DRAM cache.

This week Marvell - whose controllers have always until now been firmly in the regular RAM flash cache category - announced it now has IP which enables it to play a significant part in skinny RAM flash cache designs with 2 new controllers:-
  • Marvell's 88NV1140 - aimed at NVMe PCIe Gen3x1 SSDs - can work with 15/16nm TLC and 3D NAND and needing no external DRAM - will simplify the design of smaller form factors including the capability of BGA PCIe SSDs.
  • Marvell's 88NV1120 - aimed at the embedded SATA SSD market which supports DevSlp - won't by itself create new markets - but will - due to its small footprint and memory support - lower the cost barriers for greater adoption of small SATA SSDs in traditional embedded markets.



new edition of the Top SSD Companies

Editor:- December 1, 2014 - StorageSearch.com today published the 30th quarterly edition of the Top SSD Companies - based on market metrics in Q3 2014

There's a new company at #1 - and a new controller company has entered the list for the first time. ...read the article


StorageSearch.com updates 11 key SSD ideas in 2014

Editor:- September 2, 2014 - industrial SSD designers have refocused and chosen the viable reality of excellence in selected niches above the unfeasible goal of having the best technology roadmap for all applications.

That's one of the topics dicussed in a new article on StorageSearch.com - 11 key SSD ideas which emerged and clarified in 2014.


Hyperstone samples new industrial controller for high integrity USB 2 SSDs

Editor:- May 26, 2014 - Hyperstone today announced that it has begun sampling controllers for USB 2 SSDs aimed at low power, high reliability and long data retention applications in the industrial market. 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

Editor:- April 10, 2014 - Cactus Technologies today announced that it has introduced a new security option - of having a physical write protect switch - in its 900S 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 overwrite.

"This write protect feature has already been successfully implemented in the gaming, military and other markets" said Sai-Ying Ng, President of Cactus Technologies.

See also:- SSD Security


Silicon Motion's FerriSSDs

Editor:- March 23, 2014 - FerriSSD (pdf) from Silicon Motion - is a PATA SSD on a chip (BGA) which I learned about from Jonathan Bruce - who suggested it for my article - Inanimate Power, Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands - because - he said - the "Ferri" prefix means "strong or durable".

...Later:- March 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 regular cache, 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

Editor:- February 18, 2014 - Marvell today announced it is sampling a new eMMC 5.0 controller - the 88NV1088 - which enables "SSD class" performance (280MB/s read speed and 5K random IOPS) in a smartphone compatible footprint.


InnoDisk announces production of industrial nanoSSD

Editor:- January 20, 2014 -InnoDisk today announced full scale production of its nanoSSD (a tiny industrial SSD) that conforms to JEDEC's standard (MO-276).

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 2.5" SSD.

InnoDisk's 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 NANDrive

Editor:- September 17, 2013 - One of the pressures which has been driving embedded SSD designers towards the kind of elaborate controller technologies which enable MLC to operate over the full industrial 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.

That's in 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 product launch announcement 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 Greenliant's Long-Term Availability program."

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 consumer and 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

Editor:- July 23, 2013 - Datalight has published a new blog - What is 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 commercial applications."

See also:- more blogs by Datalight - about extending embedded flash life using software


Crocus gets additional $45 million funding

Editor:- 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:- industrial SSDs, nv memories, SSD controllers


new WD hybrid has SanDisk iSSD inside

Editor:- May 7, 2013 - a new 2.5" hybrid for notebooks from WD - called WD Black SSHD (500GB HDD capacity, 5mm high SATA) - has an iSSD from SanDisk inside - it was announced 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 55mW.


Marvell aims at SSD on a chip market

Editor:- January 2, 2013 - Marvell Technology today announced it has made a strategic investment in Memoright.

As 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

Editor:- 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

Editor:- November 15, 2012 - Samsung today announced they've started production of 64GB 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

Editor:- July 26, 2012 - A good analysis of temperature affects on flash data integrity can be seen in a recent blog - about intrinsic 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 the article


new SSD modules from RunCore

Editor:- May 1, 2012 - RunCore has recently packaged its SATA SSD on a chip - the rSSD - onto 3 different plug-in MiniDOMs.
RunCore  SATA mini DOMs

TDK ships new BGA SSD

Editor:- March 21, 2012 - TDK today announced imminent shipments of a new SATA SLC SSD on chip.

The 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

Editor:- February 28, 2012 - Greenliant Systems has started volume shipments of its industrial grade rugged SATA SLC SSDs on a chip (BGA - 14mm x 24mm x 1.95mm) - NANDrive GLS85LS - which have upto 8GB capacity, 70/60MB/s R/W, include zoneable password security and fast erase, and strong power fail data protection.

"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.

Editor's 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.

It's 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 consumption constraints."


Viking ships nv 8GB DDR3 DIMM

Editor:- October 18, 2011 - Viking Modular Solutions said it is shipping an extension of their nv module range.

The DDR3 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.

See also:- NVDIMMS etc


Microsemi packs secure SATA 75GB SLC SSD into PBGA

Editor:- September 29, 2011 - Microsemi announced it's 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," said Jack 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 protect data integrity from sudden power loss using a unique architecture which doesn't involve batteries or supercaps. See also:- tiny SSDs


RunCore samples new SSD chip for smart phones

Editor:- 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.

Editor's comments:- the 1st "disk on chip" products came to market 17 years ago in 1994. In those days flash controllers were simpler. Wear-out wasn't an issue because of the slow interfaces and high endurance (large geometry) SLC. Today's tiny SSDs (listed in the 1" SSD 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

Editor:- 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.

Capacities 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 conformal coating.


Foremay ships 32GB PATA disk on chip

Editor:- March 25, 2011 - Foremay today announced it is shipping 32GB PATA versions of its OC177 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 care

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 article


SanDisk promises 64GB miniature SSDs in Q3

Editor:- February 14, 2011 - SanDisk preannounced details of a new miniature SSD which will ship in Q3 2011 - the iNAND has upto 64GB (x3 MLC) capacity in a 12mm x 16mm x 1mm package.

"For 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

Editor:- February 3, 2011 - I had a briefing recently in which I learned more about Viking's SSD business.

They're 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

Editor:- January 12, 2011 - StorageSearch.com today published the new edition of the Top 20 SSD companies.

The 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 1.2" 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, 2010 -Greenliant Systems has begun sampling SATA compatible variants of its NANDrive GLS85LS (miniature SSDs).

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 fast erase.

"OEMs have recognized the benefits of Greenliant's NANDrive in providing superior reliability, 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

Editor:- October 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

Editor:- 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 applications.

The surface-mountable PATA SSD has an integrated 32-bit RISC flash controller which manages wear leveling, error correction and power interruption protection.


Update on the smallest PATA SSD

Editor:- August 18, 2010 - Micross Components indicated that a future version of its microSSD (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" SSD.


the Top 10 SSD oems in the 2nd quarter of 2010

Editor:- 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 has started sampling its 1st SSDs which comply with JEDEC's spec MO-300 for mSATA SSD - which is about 75% smaller than a typical 2.5" SSD.

Apacer's 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, 8-bit/15-bit ECC function and intelligent power failure recovery, and are processed compliant with MIL-STD-810F.


TDK launches SLC half slim SSDs

Editor:- March 30, 2010 - TDK launched the 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

Editor:- March 3, 2010 - Viking Modular Solutions today announced that its SATA Cube3 128GB DOM (launched in March 2009) has successfully completed tests pursuant to the MIL-STD-810F specification.


STEC samples slim SSDs with deep roots

Editor:- March 2, 2010 -STEC has started sampling a new family of SlimSATA and SATA-CF 32GB/64GB flash SSDs for use in embedded markets.

Performance is 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

Editor:- 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

Editor:- January 18, 2010 - White Electronic Designs has introduced a 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 sanitization compliant with various government agency specifications.


Fast Purge flash SSDs

Editor:- September 25, 2009 - StorageSearch.com today published a new directory of Fast Purge flash SSDs.

Although 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 defense applications.


PhotoFast Tells More About its CFast SSDs

Editor:- August 24, 2009 - PhotoFast today officially announced details 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 - Samsung is sampling a SATA mini-card SSD for use in the expanding netbook marketplace with these key parameters:-
  • 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
"The market is beginning to embrace a smaller SSD for the nascent netbook sector," said Jim Elliott, vp, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor.


SanDisk Ships New DOM for Netbooks

Editor:- June 2, 2009 - SanDisk started shipping its 2nd generation of PATA compatible SSD 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

Editor:- May 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 Storage


new home page for - SSD SoCs

Editor:- April 7, 2009 - StorageSearch.com today launched a new directory of merchant market SSD SoC vendors.


Hagiwara Unveils CFast Storage Card

Editor:- March 26, 2009 - Hagiwara Sys-Com has extended its range of 1" SSDs - with the launch of the CFast Storage Card which will ship in Q2.

These industrial grade SSDs are form factor compatible with CF cards, but have a SATA interface. Capacities range from 2GB to 16GB. See also:- CFast - Evolution of the CompactFlash Interface (pdf)

Viking Launches SATA Cube SSD.............................................
Editor:- March 10, 2009 - Viking Modular Solutions has launched the SATA Cube - a miniature flash SSD which provides upto 256GB capacity in a small 30x32mm footprint.

Sustained R/W speeds are 110MB/s and 79MB/s respectively. It's available as a BGA device or with a MicroSATA connector.

Seagate Still Waiting for Legal Costs Related to Cornice Litigation

Editor:- 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

Austin, 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 environment operation. ...Austin Semiconductor profile


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.

Capacity ranges 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

SANTA 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. ...STEC profile


March 2008

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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Notes from SSD market history

The product shown below - from M-Systems
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featured on StorageSearch.com.

It ran here from April 2004 to February 2006.
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DiskOnChip family from M-Systems
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who makes 1 inch SSDs?
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Austin Semiconductor

Cactus Technologies

CoreSolidStorage

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Foremay

Fortasa Memory Systems

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Hagiwara Sys-Com

InnoDisk

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MagicRAM

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Netlist

PCcardsDirect

Phison Electronics

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Pretec Electronics

RunCore

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Silicon Motion

Silicon Storage Technology

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Spansion

STEC

TCS

TDK

Toshiba

Transcend Information

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Virtium Technology

Waltop

WD Solid State Storage

White Electronic Designs

Wintec
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notes from SSD market history

Austin Semiconductor launched their SSD on chip
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StorageSearch.com in 2008

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SSDs - the big picture
Editor:- StorageSearch.com was the world's 1st publication to provide continuous editorial coverage and analysis of SSDs (in 1998) and in the years which have followed we've led the market through many interesting and confusing times.
click to read the story about why SSDs are taking up so much time on so many web pages If you often find yourself explaining to your VC, lawyer or non technical BBQ guests why you spend so much time immersed in SSD web pages - and need a single, simple, not very technical reference to suggest - this may be the link they need.
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10 Years Ago - flashback from storage history

Toshiba Introduces World's Smallest Hard Drive

January 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 8-11. ...Toshiba profile

...Later:- 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 Introducing the Miniature Storage Drive Market for 1" and smaller SSDs
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