Unigen, founded in 1991, is an established leader in the design and
manufacture of memory, flash storage solutions, and wired and wireless
Headquartered in Fremont, California, the
company owns ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified manufacturing facilities in
Silicon Valley and in Asia. Unigen markets its industry standard and custom
designed products to OEMs worldwide in the PC, server, networking,
telecommunications, imaging, medical, defense, and mobile computing industries.
The company also offers a host of OEM services including NPI & contract
manufacturing, assembly, worldwide product distribution, supply chain
management, testing, product assurance, and post-sales support. For more on
Unigen Corp., please go to www.unigen.com
- editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com, and -Unigen's SSD page
- editor's comments:- November 2011 - among
other things Unigen
offers flash SSDs in 1.8"
(& MO-297 ) and 2.5"
form factors using a variety of SSD controllers including
offers SSDs with SAS,
PATA interfaces. If
you click any of these preceding links you'll see StorageSearch.com's
directories which list other companies in these sub markets.
In November 2009 -
Unigen announced it
will manufacture a new range of
flash SSDs using
SSD processors from SandForce.
The 2.5" SSDs will be available with
June 2011 - Unigen
paper (pdf) about its EnduraCharge Technology - (data safety features ready
for unexpected power-loss) - which describes how it deals with
Most of the stuff in there is standard - but there is
one new point I discovered.
"Unigen's enterprise SSDs are
equipped with host initiated voltage hold-up capacitor health monitoring
circuit. The host issues a special "Test Hold-up Cap" SCT
diagnostic command to measure the health status of the hold-up capacitor. After
completion of the "Test Hold-up Cap" command, the host will retrieve
the hold-up capacitor attributes of the most recent test result. The host can
also retrieve all past history hold-up capacitor test results."
|Who's who in SSD? |
editor - November 21, 2011|
Unigen - is 1 of about 50
companies listed on the
1.8" SSDs page.
one of more than 100 companies which make either
a few years I had thought of Unigen as being simply one of many "me-too"
SSD companies which glues a bunch of 3rd party
SSD controllers to a
bunch of memory chips, wraps them in a box, tests them according to what their
market can afford - but doesn't really add any significant SSD IP.
But today I came upon a
they wrote (pdf) about the subject of
sudden power loss in SSDs. Most of what it said was standard stuff which
other people have already written about before or which has been known for
many years. (Although
paper does include nice pictures too.)
A different aspect of
Unigen's "EnduraCharge" technology - which I hadn't come across
before - is that SSDs which use it include a circuit which enables the host
processor to test the health status of the hold-up capacitors - and log the
results - while it's in the deployed system.
That was news to me -
even though Unigen had apparently published this whitepaper 5 months ago.
reader who contacted me - works in Unigen sales - so I asked - "Does your
company employ anyone in marketing? If so what do they do?"
- late is better than never - when it comes to finding out that some SSD
companies aren't so me-too in their technology as I had thought. Even though
there are many more - like Unigen - in the "me-too marketing"
category. Which is to say - they don't do anywhere near enough to help
potential customers decide why they should be looking at what they do.
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.