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Who's who in SSD? - by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - -February 2012

VIA Tech doesn't currently market SSDs but it looks like that will change soon.

The company recently disclosed that it has licensed a processor core from Tensilica for use in a new design of SSD controller.

There's a good precedent for this.

When SandForce came to market in April 2009 - their CEO (at that time) Alex Naqvi told me their controller used the dataplane processors from Tensilica.

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Surviving SSD sudden power loss
Why should you care what happens in an SSD when the power goes down?

This important design feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases - has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.

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.
image shows Megabyte's hot air balloon - click to read the article SSD power down architectures and acharacteristics If you thought endurance was the end of the SSD reliability story - think again. ...read the article