I tell you, my recent blog about the different approaches I’ve pondering with regard to backing-up my data seems to be attracting a lot of interest, for example...
…I just heard from my old chum Tara Yingst, who emailed me to say: Hi Max, how are you doing? Did you hear that I recently joined Greenliant (it’s a spin-out of the Microchip-SST acquisition). I saw your article about backing-up data and wish I could suggest our SSDs, but they are embedded.
Still, thought you might want to see what we’re up to--today we announced sampling of our new I-grade SATA NANDrive to select customers. Greenliant is the only company offering I-grade SATA solid-state drives in a small, BGA (ball-grid array) form factor. Compared to other SSDs on the market, NANDrive is a single, integrated package that does not require special host software and has lower power consumption. NANDrive frees embedded designers from having to worry about frequent NAND technology changes and qualifying multiple suppliers.
Actually I am very interested in this, mainly because the concept of presenting a solid state drive (SSD) in the form of a BGA package for use in an embedded system had simply never struck me. What a good idea! I can see this being of use for a wide variety of embedded applications. Anyway, the following is the press release Tara was talking about – this was announced earlier this week at the Embedded World Conference in Nuremberg, Germany – I wish I’d been there… maybe next year…
, a leader in energy-efficient, highly secure and reliable solid-state storage products, is now sampling the industrial-grade version of its SATA interface NANDrive GLS85LS embedded solid-state drive (SSD) product family to select customers. Available in 2, 4 and 8 GB, the new NANDrive devices operate at temperatures between -40 and +85 degrees Celsius, giving customers long operating life and high reliability storage that can endure harsh environments.
The industrial-grade Greenliant NANDrive combines a SATA NAND controller with single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash die for a fully-integrated SSD in a multi-chip package. For applications requiring the durability and speed of solid-state storage in very small form factors, SATA NANDrive devices are one of the industry's smallest SSDs at 14mm x 24mm x 1.85mm. NANDrive is offered in a 145 ball grid array (BGA), 1mm ball pitch package for easy, space-saving and cost-effective mounting to a system motherboard.
"Designers of industrial electronics are concerned about the lifetime of their products and how changes in technology will affect those products,"
said Bing Yeh, CEO of Greenliant Systems. "NANDrive is an integrated SSD that addresses these concerns with robust wear leveling technology and advanced error correction code (ECC) algorithms. It extends the NAND flash lifetime and gives customers added protection against NAND flash supply issues."
NANDrive has the same footprint across all capacities, and can be easily upgraded in the field without host software and hardware changes. Compatible with many of today's popular chipsets, the SATA interface NANDrive does not require an additional bridge chip between the storage device and chipset.
Resistant to shock, vibration and humidity, the industrial-grade Greenliant NANDrive embedded SSD has been designed and tested to meet the durability and performance requirements of applications operating in extreme environments, including medical equipment, networking infrastructure, factory automation and automotive electronics.
The Greenliant-proprietary NANDrive design prevents data loss from unexpected power interruptions and read disturb. Its flexible security features make NANDrive an attractive option for secure data-storage applications, by allowing the user to set different protection levels within the SSD.
Greenliant is currently sampling the industrial-grade devices of it GLS85LS NANDrive line with customers on select product engagements. For more information about the Greenliant NANDrive product portfolio, visit www.NANDrive.com