August 3, 2010 | 08:04

Tags: #35-drive #flash #flash-memory #nand #sodimm #solid-state-storage #ssd

Companies: #mosaid

Canada-based MOSAID Technologies has developed a new SSD type which the company claims offers performance "an order of magnitude higher than current solutions."

Featuring technology the company dubs HyperLink NAND, the 3.5in device - based around an Indilinx controller and featuring a 3.0Gb/s SATA interface - is only a prototype at the moment, but is already featuring pretty impressive speeds: 213MB/s read and 130MB/s write.

Sadly, these are purely theoretical speeds, with the company admitting that its current prototype is limited by its FPGA controller to 75MHz rather than the planned 133MHz, resulting in significantly less impressive real-world speeds of 120MB/s read and 73Mb/s write. However, the company claims that with a faster controller and "further tuning," 266MB/s per channel should be possible.

According to TechConnect, the drive is built around a pair of 64GB HLDIMM modules - the first use of HLNAND technology in SSD storage - configured on a single channel, and designed to demonstrate to SSD designers the possibilities of HLNAND technology for high-capacity storage.

MOSAID claims that, using the HLNAND technology it has developed, it's possible for manufacturers to chain up to 255 flash devices on a single channel with no loss in data throughput - paving the way for extremely high capacity devices in the future.

It's the multi-channel performance that is likely to interest buyers, however: with such speeds available on a single data channel, MOSAID predicts that an eight-channel device based on its HLNAND technology would reach sequential read speeds of 1.7GB/s.

Sadly, it's something that - in the short term, at least - you're going to have to pay for: MOSAID is looking to license its technology to manufacturers for use in enterprise-oriented hardware, meaning that it's going to be quite some time before pricing drops to a level where the average consumer can get their hands on HLNAND-based devices.

An explanation of the HLNAND architecture is available on the company's website.

Does MOSAID's technology sound like what you've been waiting for in the SSD world, or will you be waiting until the figures stop being theoretical and real-world benchmarks start showing the promised "order of magnitude" improvements? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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