Seagate & Samsung Partner To Develop Controller Technology For Enterprise SSDs

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News Posted: Fri, Aug 13 2010 2:51 PM

Seagate and Samsung are teaming up to develop and cross-license controller technologies for solid state drive (SSD) storage devices. In doing so, the companies hope to satisfy the needs of enterprise storage applications by offering high levels of performance, reliability and endurance.

The partnership will combine Seagate's leadership in enterprise storage technology with Samsung's 30 nanometer-class MLC NAND flash memory technology. The jointly developed controller will be used in Seagate's enterprise-class SSDs.

"Seagate has long recognized that solid state technology has an important role to play in the comprehensive solutions the storage industry will deliver today and in the future, particularly in the enterprise market," said Steve Luczo, Seagate chairman, president and CEO. "Today's agreement with Samsung will help us bring a compelling set of SSD innovations to the enterprise storage market, with benefits that range from enhanced performance, endurance and reliability to cost and capacity improvements. Overall, this agreement with Samsung strengthens our SSD solutions strategy, and positions Seagate well as global demand for storage continues on its strong growth path."

"We are pleased to be jointly developing a high-performance SSD controller with Seagate for the enterprise storage market," said Dr. Changhyun Kim, senior vice president and Samsung Fellow, Memory product planning & application engineering, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics. "Our green memory solution is designed to enable more energy-efficient server applications, which is expected to increase the use of NAND-based SSD storage in enterprise applications."

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Blazer replied on Sat, Aug 14 2010 11:38 AM

SS drives are good for speed, but they won't replace hard drives in enterprise systems untill the capacity is greater,they are proven to be as reliable, and cost per gb comes down.

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So now Seagate is going to sell its soul to Samsung as well:P

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Mar 28 2011 3:30 PM


SS drives are good for speed, but they won't replace hard drives in enterprise systems untill the capacity is greater,they are proven to be as reliable, and cost per gb comes down.

I agree with the capacity and cost but disagree with the reliability. SLC SSD's are the most reliable SSD's there are, lasting longer then the weaker retail MLC drives (100,000 compared to 10,000 cycles.) Hell, most MLC SSD's have to resort to wear leveling to prolong the life of the SSD.

Still, SLC's are the most expensive SSD's compared to MLC's, I'm really hoping they come down to a respectable level in price.


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