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Not All MLC SSDs are created equal

1/21/2012 08:05 PM EST
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markhahn0
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markhahn0   11/15/2012 5:04:49 PM
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where did this figure of 30 full-device writes per day come from? I'm sure there's a market for that, but it has to be fairly small. obviously, most storage and computation is more consumer-like, with read-mostly loads, and often much sparser duty cycles than 24x7. it's easy to find very cheap SSDs today that peak at 500 MB/s and 80k iops and still offer 3-5 year warranties. commodity storage is cheap enough to simply use above-device redundancy to solve issues of reliability and permanence. STEC's pitch seems to be pretty intensive engineering at the device level - laudable, but do people buy these inherently more expensive (and apparently slower) devices and trust them without any above-device redundancy (raid, etc)?

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DrWattsOn   2/5/2012 6:08:41 PM
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Agreed about FRAM: love the idea, but I doubt density will reach levels high enough for use in computers as Storage: maybe BIOS/EUFI. I like the materials from STEC, but not able to find any products identified as containing their technology, even searching all their links. Looks like vaporware to me.

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sharps_eng   1/22/2012 8:36:52 PM
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This technology illustrates the pressure to create workarounds for the recent Moore's Law crunch that means smaller geometries are not appearing fast enough to meet demand. Previous EDC/ECC and other flash-'nursing' initiatives failed because bigger chips appeared that allowed the protection to be implemented at a higher level, in software. Hardware was only necessary for custom high-integrity applications. STEC have a window of opportunity to make MLC work for a wider range of applications before a memory breakthrough pushes the density up again cheaply enough to compete. But is that breakthrough in sight? I personally love FRAM but can it be made dense enough? I think not. Production will also only be available when a big fab becomes surplus to DRAM or flash requirements. No-one will build a fab for FRAM speculatively, I think. Perhaps a slowdown will create spare FAB capacity?

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