Feeds

Samsung and Sun make 'ultra-endurance' flash chips

Beget Methuselah SSDs

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Samsung and Sun Microsystems say they've found a veritable fountain of youth for data center solid-state drives.

They claim to have jointly developed a single-layer cell (SLC) NAND flash device that provides a "five-fold increase" in data write/erase cycles over standard SLC flash.

Numbers aren't provided — but given current server-grade flash products are normally rated around 10,000 cycles, that puts the technology at a healthy 50,000 read/write lifespan.

According to Samsung, the new flash memory is expected to deliver the highest endurance ever offered in high availability, mission-critical computing. The chip will also allow a 100x increase over conventional hard disk drives in the number of IOPS (Input/Output operations Per Second) per watt.

It apparently didn't take very long work out either. They state its been developed in close cooperation with Sun "over the past several months."

The companies will say the high endurance drives will be a good match for video streaming, high-transaction data processing, search engine operations, and other high-speed server functions. Granted that's the usual gang of high-end SSD customers, but hey, longer life is always good for 'em.

"Sun sees incredible upside to using server grade SLC NAND flash to accelerate customers' applications, and we plan to incorporate this technology into our line of servers and storage," said Michael Cornwell, lead technologist for flash memory at Sun.

That's no big surprise, as Sun plans to roll out a flash storage option across its entire server lineup by 2010.

"'Endurance up, power down' is going to be the mantra of IT innovators at enterprises everywhere, and server grade SLC flash is ideally situated to deliver on that equation," said Jim Elliot, veep of Samsung's memory marketing.

No word if Sun will be getting an exclusive shot at the technology.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype
Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.