A family of SSDs with standard SATA/PATA interfaces provide storage solutions ranging from 1 GB to 64 GB. The FerriSSD from Silicon Motion embeds proprietary XtendPE technology for enhanced reliability, encryption security, and low power consumption. Housed in 16-mm x 20-mm MCM BGAs, the ruggedized units operate over temperature ranges as broad as -40ºC to 85ºC.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.