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August 06, 2012

MOSAID Launches HLSSD Terabyte-Class Solid State Drive

Today, data centers are designed with up to four tiers of storage devices: lower cost, lower performance tape drives and SATA HDDs (hard disk drives), and higher cost, higher performance SAS (News - Alert) HDDs and SSDs. This design has raised the need for advanced intelligence in the storage ranges to decide which data to assign to the faster SAS HDDs and SSDs.

In order to address this need, MOSAID Technology, a company specializing intellectual property management companies, has announced the launch of HLSSD (HyperLink Solid State Drive). The newly launched HLSSD is a SSD that attains Terabyte-class storage capacity using a single controller device. MOSAID is continually demonstrating the superior scalability of its HyperLink NAND (HLNAND) technology. The company has most recently started sampling the industry’s first NAND Flash MCP (multi-chip package) with a 16-die NAND stack operating on a single high-performance channel.

MOSAID’s newly launched HLSSD utilizes a single FPGA-based SATA3 controller to deliver 2TB capacity over four HLNAND channels. However, a conventional 2TB SSD needs four SATA3 controllers, plus a SATA3 hub controller, operating over 32 channels. MOSAID's prototype HLSSD uses a single FPGA-based SATA3 controller to deliver 2TB capacity over four HLNAND channels.

In a press release, Jin-Ki Kim, VP, R&D, MOSAID, said, “Our affordable and scalable Terabyte-class HLSSDs will be an enabling technology in data center and enterprise applications. HLSSDs can be used to build large, fast storage pools that lower the total cost of ownership by reducing the number of storage tiers, and minimizing the need for advanced intelligence in the storage arrays.”

MOSAID is also planning to introduce a 2TB/4TB/8TB production HLSSD in mid-2013. The HLSSD will use a purpose-built HLNAND Flash controller in 40nm process technology. MOSAID is also sampling the industry's first NAND Flash MCP with a 16-die NAND stack operating on a single channel. The MCP merges a stack of 16 industry standard 32Gb NAND Flash die with two HLNAND interface devices to achieve 333MB/s output on a single byte-wide HLNAND interface channel.

MOSAID Technologies and NOVACHIPS Inc. of Korea recently announced a joint development agreement to design and build an HLNAND (HyperLink NAND) Flash controller for SSDs (solid state drives) optimized for data center and other memory-intensive applications. This will be the first ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) controller to leverage the benefits of HLNAND technology for high-capacity enterprise applications.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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