Unigen, founded in 1991, is an
established leader in the design and manufacture of custom DRAM and Flash
modules, and Original Design and Manufacturing services. Headquartered in
Fremont, California, the company has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified
manufacturing in California, and in Asia. Unigen markets its custom designed
products to OEMs worldwide in embedded, industrial, networking, server,
telecommunications, imaging, and medical industries. The company's OEM services
include NPI (New Product Introduction), assembly, supply chain management,
testing, and post-sales support. For more information on Unigen go to
- editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com, and
Unigen's SSD page
who in SSD? - Unigen
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
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.
The reader who
contacted me - works in Unigen sales - so I asked - "Does your company
employ anyone in marketing? If so what do they do?"
Anyway - 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.
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
- Unigen published a
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."
- Unigen entered the
M.2 SSD market.
| Unigen enters M.2 SSD
|Editor:- June 3, 2014 - Unigen today
announced SLC or MLC
NAND flash based
M.2 SATA III SSDs in
densities ranging from 16GB- 256GB. |
These small form factor flash
modules are used for high reliability storage of critical code and data, in
space-constrained embedded, industrial, gaming and networking applications.
They are available in both commercial and
| hold up
capacitors in 2.5" military SSDs|
to be or not to be?
|Editor:- March 27, 2015 -
to three seconds are 2 numbers which demonstrate some of the
extreme diversity in
SSD design. My examples here being the hold up times inside 2 current
models of 2.5" SATA SSDs designed for the
- One from Microsemi
(HQ in Aliso Viejo, CA, USA).
I've touched on this kind of architectural design
difference many times before in earlier articles. But every time I revisit this
vast topic with fresh examples - I learn something new.
- And the other is from Solidata (HQ in