MLC NAND in the enterprise?
Seagate and Samsung have announced that they have entered into a joint development and licensing agreement to develop and cross-license related controller technologies for solid state drive for enterprise storage applications.
Interestingly, the press release mentions Samsung’s flash memory technology specific to 30 nanometer-class MLC NAND, which is unusual as most enterprise SSDs uses SLC NAND. In any case, there shouldn't be any doubt in performance or durability as the jointly developed controller will be utilized 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.”