Flash solid state disk (SSD) pioneer BiTMICRO Networks announced at the CES 2008 show in Las Vegas, Nevada its plan to launch an 832GB version of the E-Disk® Altima(tm) SATA flash SSD in 2.5-inch form factor. E-Disk® Altima(tm) E2A3GM flash SSD will utilize the multi-level cell (MLC) type of NAND flash, which doubles the number of bits stored per memory cell compared to the single-level cell (SLC) NAND, effectively increasing data density at low price points. What’s more, BiTMICRO will be using its EDSA(tm) and LUNETA(tm) controllers to optimize the performance of the E-Disk® Altima(tm) SATA flash SSD, allowing the drive to reach peak data transfer and I/O rates that are comparable with current SLC flash-equipped solid state drives.
The 2.5-inch E-Disk® Altima(tm) E2A3GM flash SSD is estimated to deliver sustained rates of up to 100 MB per second and up to 20,000 I/O operations per second. BiTMICRO further complements this SSD-level performance with enterprise-level capacities, as the E-Disk® Altima(tm) SATA flash solid state disk can reach capacities of up to 832GB of pure solid-state flash storage. The drive offers SATA 3.0 Gbps support and “hot pluggable” capabilities to personal computing and enterprise applications requiring high capacity and high performance yet affordable solid state storage.
“This latest product pre-announcement seeks to establish BiTMICRO’s commitment to deliver solid state storage in all market applications,” said Rudy Bruce, Executive VP for Marketing and Sales and CMO at BiTMICRO Networks. “We are excited to offer E-Disk® Altima(tm) SATA flash solid state drive as a PC and enterprise storage alternative offering the best-in-class capacity, performance and reliability.”
“The declining cost of NAND flash memory, coupled with rising SSD densities, is enabling SSD implementation in the personal computing market,” says Jeff Janukowicz, Research Manager for Solid State Drives at IDC. “More cost-effective SSD solutions based on MLC technology, such as the E-Disk® Altima(tm) E2A3GM flash SSD from BiTMICRO, are positioned to take advantage of the tremendous unit growth opportunity in the personal computer SSD segment, which is expected to rise by 477% annually from 2006 to 2011.”
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Sampling for the E-Disk® Altima(tm) SATA solid state disk is expected to begin in Q2 2008 and will ship in volume by Q3 2008 in capacities ranging from 32GB to 832GB. For pricing and more E-Disk® Altima(tm) flash drive solid state disk storage technology information, contact BiTMICRO at 47929 Fremont Boulevard, CA 94538 USA. Sales Telephone: +1 510-74E-DISK / +1 510-743-3475, Fax: +1 510-743-3155. E-mail: email@example.com.
About EDSA(tm) and LUNETA(tm)
The Enhanced Datamover and Storage Accelerator (EDSA(tm)) flash I/O controller is a proprietary ASIC that succeeds the highly successful disk controller chipset of BiTMICRO®’s electronic disk technology. The EDSA(tm) flash I/O controller supports large block NAND and AND flash as well as single, dual, quad-die flash devices, allowing BiTMICRO to hike E-Disk® Altima(tm) solid state disk capacities to terabytes of pure flash memory.
EDSA(tm) goes hand in hand with the Logical Unifier of Extensive Transfer Arrays (LUNETA(tm)) ASIC, BiTMICRO’s proprietary flash memory management interface controller that is designed to orchestrate massively parallel and multi-block I/O operations on large arrays of flash devices. LUNETA(tm) supports both NAND (SLC or MLC) and AND types of flash memory and is typically used in designs to complement the EDSA(tm) controller in applications that require scalability and management of larger amounts of flash devices.
About BiTMICRO Networks
BiTMICRO® Networks is the leading provider of high performance non-volatile flash solid state disk and semiconductor cutting-edge solutions. The Company’s flagship product, the E-Disk® SSD, is offered with SATA, SCSI Narrow and Wide, IDE/ATA and Fibre Channel interfaces in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard disk drive footprints, and 19-inch rack mount configurations scalable up to several terabytes of pure solid state storage.
E-Disk®, BiTMICRO®, Altima(tm), EDSA(tm) and LUNETA(tm) are registered trademarks and trademarks of BiTMICRO Networks, Inc.