SMART is an active member of multiple industry-leading standards organizations and consortiums. SMART provides design expertise, prototyping and eco-system development support for cutting-edge memory, storage and accelerator technologies. Learn More
The M1HC drive is also built to operate over 30,000 m of altitude, or 100,000 ft. and has a comprehensive set of features. Engineers designing for high-capacity, highly secure, applications should consider the M1HC. Learn More.
The M2 drive employs pFail back up technology in case of accidental power failure. SMART's M2 SSDs are designed to meet the needs of cost-sensitive applications where temperature tolerances are important. Learn More.
Utilizing a SATA 6Gb interface, the M1 drive has 525MB/s sequential read and 500MB/s sequential write speeds. Capacities of 240, 480, 960, and 1920GB are available using multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash. Learn More.
With DuraFlash™, SMART is committed in offering a wide range of Flash storage form factors designed and manufactured to meet the heavy demands of accelerating embedded applications in the telecom, networking, storage, industrial control, medical, IIoT, transportation, and video surveillance market segments.
SMART offers commercial and industrial temp embedded flash-based products, including M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe NVMe, SATA DOM, mSATA, slim SATA, and eUSB form factors equipped with SATA II, SATA III, PCIe and USB interfaces.
SMART designs and manufactures commercial and industrial temp removable flash memory products in a wide variety of form factors including CF Card, SD Card, microSD, 2.5" SATA SSD, U.2 PCIe NVMe and USB Flash Drives.
NEWARK, CA, March 22, 2016 — SMART Modular Technologies, Inc., a leader in specialty memory, storage and hybrid solutions including memory modules, Flash memory cards and other solid state storage products, today announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") confirmed that 17 out of 20 claims of Netlist, Inc. U.S. Patent 8,359,501 (" '501") were unpatentable. While SMART's inter partes review ("IPR") against '501 was not successful, the PTAB's rejection of 17 claims in a prior IPR against Netlist's '501 and the PTAB's rejection of 18 claims of Netlist U.S. Patent 8,001,434 (" '434"), prevents Netlist from asserting any of these claims against all participants who manufacture certain memory and storage products. The rejected claims relate to memory modules (including LRDIMMs), solid state drives or SSDs, and storage class memory devices.
In its decision on SMART's IPR the PTAB pointed out that:
"The '501 patent also is the subject of [SanDisk®] IPR2014-00971 ("IPR-971"). We entered a final written decision in that case on December 14, 2015, concluding that claims 1-3, 5-8, and 11-20 are unpatentable…"
SMART brought its IPR against the '501 patent on additional grounds which the PTAB did not accept. There was one PTAB judge who issued a dissenting opinion expressing his agreement with SMART's position.
Regarding the remaining claims of the '501 patent, the PTAB stated:
"Petitioner Sandisk Corporation has requested rehearing of our determination that it did not meet its burden to show unpatentability of claims 4, 9, and 10, and our determination that it failed to show unpatentability of claim 15 as anticipated by U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2005/0257109 A1."
Regarding SMART's IPR, SMART believes that its reasons for invalidity are correct and is preparing a petition for reconsideration. SMART will pursue appeals if the reconsideration is not successful.
During IPR appeals, Netlist's infringement lawsuits on the patents that are involved in these IPRs remain stayed.
The rulings against SMART in the IPRs on Netlist's '434 and '501 do not affect the considerable successes that SMART had in invalidating substantially all of the claims of Netlist U.S. Patents 7,289,386; 7,619,912; and 7,864,627.
About SMART Modular Technologies SMART Modular Technologies is a global leader in specialty memory, storage and hybrid solutions serving the electronics industry for over 25 years. SMART Modular delivers solutions to a broad customer base, including OEMs that compete in the computing, networking, communications, storage, mobile and industrial markets. Focused on providing extensive customer-specific design capabilities, technical support and value-added testing services, SMART collaborates closely with their global OEM customers throughout their design process and across multiple projects to create memory, storage and hybrid solutions for demanding applications with differentiated requirements. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and supply, SMART Modular has developed a comprehensive product line comprised of DRAM, Flash and hybrid memory technologies across various form factors. SMART Modular is part of the SMART family of global companies. See www.smartm.com for more information.
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SMART Modular Technologies