Netlist, Inc. announced two new SATA-based additions. The mSATA half-slim module offers storage capacity of up to 128GB with onboard 64MB DRAM cache. The 1.8" SATA SSD drive offers storage capacities to 256GB with onboard 128MB DRAM cache. The smaller form-factor SSDs suppors ultra-dense applications such as datacenter equipment and embedded systems.
Fully SATA v2.6 compatible, the new products support 3.0Gbps data rates, SMART and TRIM functionality, expanded 48-bit register addressing mode, and power management. The mSATA half-slim and 1.8" SSD drives have typical sequential read performance up to 260MB/s and typical sequential write performance up to 210MB/s. Supporting SLC, MLC, and ONFI 2.0 NAND Flash technologies with enhanced ECC support for 48bits of correction in 2kB, the mSATA modules can support commercial (0 degrees C to +70 degrees C) or industrial (-40 degrees C to +85 degrees C) applications. The products are well suited to enterprise and industrial environments with wide temperature, shock, vibration, humidity, and altitude variations. Availability Samples of the 1.8"SATA SSD drive and mSATA half-slim SSD modules are available now.
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.