This results in accelerated time to market, increased customer-specific customizations, and an extended product life for SSD manufacturers and system OEMs. Volume customer shipments are expected in the first half of Software has become an essential part of enterprise SSD offerings.
Avago was a semiconductor spinoff from Agilent.
Because you can still make money if you sell the right kind of SSD to the right kind of customer for the right kind of purpose. More by Kevin Parrish "From our everyday lives to the hyperscale datacenter, flash storage solutions are transforming the speed and efficiency of data storage," said Huibert Verhoeven, vice president and general manager, Flash Components Division, LSI.
Nearly all mainstream enterprise SSD companies who have been shipping products for a few years or more - as opposed to stealthy startups have seen their valuations dip in the past year - due to investors realizing that the idea of any one company dominating any one big market segment sustainably is an illusion for now.
And instead of applying different strengths of ECC for fixed physical block sizes - the company says another approach is to have variable sized virtual blocks - which effectively means that better cells carry lower ECC overhead. The company says it can increase VM density upto 3x with absolutely no impact on IT operations.
One of the reference designs which LSI offers for this controller is for an M. Not only does it provide essential compatibilities - but it can also add efficiencies, reliability and performance. 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.
It was speculated the lower grade encryption was used to qualify for US ITAR licences which are precluded for products featuring certain levels of encryption heading for a selected list of US-ambivalent or actively unfriendly countries.
How will that happen? PS - I almost forgot to mention one funny marketing thing I learned. Avago wants to acquire LSI Editor: Our conversations about SandForce SSD controllers go back more than 4 years - so we skipped a lot of stuff.
I think it depends as much on creative leadership, vision and discipline in business models as it does on technology.
My guess is that if the regulators look at this transaction - that may be one of the aspects they will focus on - because the contiunuing supply of these controllers to smaller SSD companies in niche markets would a good thing from the viewpoint of competitive choice. Optional support for TCG Opal and Enterprise specifications ensure broad interoperability and ease of data security management.
That should lead to better latency and reliability in the future. I suspect that the industry wide downgrade of the value of SSD companies which we saw last year with companies like Fusion-ioViolin.
The tricky part is navigating safely from here to there. My guess is that even if Seagate disregarded any new markets - and focused only on the high volume potential of existing cloud infrastructure customers and big web entities like Google and Baidu - who need value based enterprise SSDs - but who are perfectly capable of designing their own software and APIs and firmware tweaks - then Seagate could leverage the LSI SandForce SSD roadmaps for the next several years as a business tool to establish it as one of several leaders in the utility SSD segment of the cloud.
And in particular a company like Fusion-io? A company called Curtis used to sell a 3.
That triggered plans in some of the big customer now competitor SSD companies to look for alternative technology roadmaps which would level the playing field in a future when they would be competing - at a drive level - with the controller architecture which they had helped to establish as a de facto industry standard.On Monday, the LSI Corporation introduced its third-generation SandForce flash controller line, the SF, promising increased levels of flash performance, reliability, endurance, and the flexibility to support both native PCIe Gen2 x4 and SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) host interfaces in a single ASIC design.
May 29, · The Business Wire release states: "The acquisition strengthens Seagate's strategy to deliver a full suite of storage solutions, providing Seagate with established Enterprise PCIe flash and SSD controller capabilities to deliver solutions for the growing flash storage market.
LSI's ASD business, which is the second largest player in the PCIe flash space, offers a highly differentiated enterprise-grade. Understanding SSD Over Provisioning Kent Smith. Sr.
Director Product Marketing. SandForce Driven SSDs take advantage of different entropy levels with DuraWrite™ data, write amplification is nearly 10 times lower so the benefit is less significant.
Elements of the IP in the new SSD design came from Seagate and SandForce. LSI acquired SandForce in January - and revealed the strategic significance of this shortly afterwards when it revealed that LSI's PCIe SSD product - the WarpDrive - was being oemed by EMC.
Kent Smith embodies these traits which all good product marketing professionals should have. When SandForce first took its story to industry analysts, Kent would make nightly modifications to the. LSI claimed it was the second largest PCIe flash card supplier after Fusion-io, and Seagate’s acquisition statement repeats that claim.
It also says that the FCD business “is driving a multi.Download