Friday, February 8, 2008

First 1.6TB SSD

BitMicro Networks has launched a 1.6TB solid state drive, the first device based on the Ultra320 SCSI standard to hold more than a terabyte of data.
The 3.5 inch E-Disk Altima E3S320 drive will be shipped to its OEMs for testing in a few months. The product is expected to ship in capacities ranging from 16GB to 1.6TB by late summer, BitMicro said. Pricing was not disclosed.
The new single level cell NAND flash drive will provide sustained data transfer rates of up to 230MB/s with peak speeds reaching 320MB/s in burst mode, Bit Micro said. The device features an I/O rate of up to 30,000 IOPS, 1500Gs operating shock and data write protect and secure erase data security controls.
Storage experts believe that solid-state drive offerings will become more amenable to end-users in 2008 as costs for flash storage drops. BitMicro has aggressively pursued larger storage capacities for its solid-state drive product portfolio in recent months.
"These upcoming E-Disk Altima solid state drive equipped with the latest in FC technology will benefit users who need to beef up their data recorders, scientific equipment, and networked storage systems with the fastest, densest, and most reliable solid state drives," said Rudy Bruce, Executive VP for Marketing and Sales and CMO at BiTMICRO Networks. He further added, “The 4 Gb FC 3.5-inch E-Disk Altima E3F4FL flash disk delivers high-speed, enterprise-class performance in rugged and compact form factors, ensuring unparalleled data processing capabilities even in extreme operating conditions."
"Some segments of the enterprise storage market require very high performance and reliability. Increasingly, datacenters will look to SSDs to satisfy these requirements.” says Jeff Janukowicz, Research Manager for Solid State Drives at IDC. “Solutions like BiTMICRO’s 4Gbit Fibre Channel flash SSDs powered by its high performance EDSA and LUNETA ASICs will help to enable this fast-growing market sector for SSDs. IDC expects worldwide enterprise SSD revenues to grow by 76% annually from 2006 to 2011."

About EDSA™ and LUNETA™

The Enhanced Datamover and Storage Accelerator (EDSA) DMC is a proprietary controller that succeeds the highly successful disk controller chipset of BiTMICRO’s electronic disk technology. The EDSA DMC supports large block NAND flash as well as single, dual, quad-die flash devices, allowing BiTMICRO to hike E-Disk solid state disk capacities to terabytes of pure flash memory.
EDSA goes hand in hand with the Logical Unifier of Extensive Transfer Arrays (LUNETA) MFI, 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 supports both NAND (SLC or MLC) and AND types of flash memory and is typically used in designs to complement the EDSA DMC 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 solid state disk and semiconductor 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.

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