Enterprise storage maker HGST previews new architecture for SSDs

Enterprise storage maker HGST previews new architecture for SSDs

At the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, a new architecture for solid-state drives (SSDs) is being previewed by bigwig enterprise storage firm HGST, a Western Digital subsidiary.

The new architecture for SSDs which HGST is previewing allows applications to provide quicker insights to the data-intensive questions of the future. The demonstration by HGST essentially underscores the company's preparation for storage technologies faster than NAND Flash, even though it may still take several years for such technologies to reach most smartphones and data centers.

The HGST preview of the new SSD architecture exhibits unprecedented SSD performance levels which are achieved by making a combined use of HGST's new, latency-optimized interface protocols and next-generation non- volatile memory components.

The interface utilized in HGST's new SSD demonstration is a PCIe interface, which is capable of delivering three million random read IOs per second of 512 bytes each when it is operated in a queued environment and a random read access latency of 1.5 microseconds (us) in non-queued settings. The results delivered by the new SSD architecture are not achievable with the currently-in-use SSD architectures and NAND Flash memories.

Noting that the demonstration of new SSD architecture is "a great example for how HGST sets the pace of the rapidly evolving storage industry," HGST's Chief Technology Officer Steve Campbell said: "This technology is the result of several years of research and advanced development aimed at delivering new levels of acceleration for enterprise applications."

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