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Embedded SSD tips SATA technology

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Greenliant Systems Inc. unveils a tiny solid-state storage drive (SSD) based on emerging serial ATA (SATA) technology.

The NANDrive GLS85LS product family from Greenliant combines the company's integrated SATA NAND controller with a NAND flash in various capacities (2-, 4-, 8-, 16-, 32- and 64GB) in a small, multichip package. The devices target specialty embedded applications in the enterprise, industrial, automotive and networking segments rather than PCs and other consumer markets.

"Our major focus is the enterprise, industrial, automotive and networking,'' said Arthur Kroyan, senior director of marketing and business development, Greenliant.

Greenliant is a startup with several years of experience in the arena. The company's management and associated products were once part of Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST). In 2009, SST became the subject of a bidding war between various investment firms. Earlier this year, Microchip Technology Inc. struck an agreement to pay approximately $273 million for SST, which also terminated a previous merger deal with a private equity investment group.

Following those events, Bing Yeh, chairman and CEO of SST, left the company to form Greenliant in April. In May, Greenliant acquired three product familiesthe NANDrive, NAND controller and specialty flash memoryfrom Microchip.

Those three lines had once been part of SST. The three product lines formed the core of Greenliant's solid-state storage product portfolio for embedded systems, data centers and mobile Internet markets.

In its first announcement under the Greenliant umbrella, the company is expanding its NANDrive line. Prior to the announcement, the company sold NANDriveor embedded SSDsbased on the parallel ATA physical storage interface standard.

The NANDrive GLS85LS product family represents its entry into the SATA space. SATA is the eventual replacement for parallel ATA. SATA supports data rates up to 6Gbit/s versus 100MBit/s for parallel ATA.

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