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Delivering 140K random performance and 200x power
reduction, the new 400GB XceedIOPS PCIe raises the bar in
next-generation solid-state storage.
NEWARK, CA, June 1, 2009 - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc.
(“SMART” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent
manufacturer of memory modules, solid-state drives, embedded computing
subsystems, and TFT-LCD display products, has collaborated with
Marvell® (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications, and
consumer silicon solutions, to develop SMART's XceedIOPS PCIe
solid-state storage solution, the first in a line of products that
targets the growing storage market for enterprise applications.
Addressing the top two concerns in enterprise storage today, power
and performance, the solid-state design of SMART's XceedIOPS PCIe
reduces overall data-center power loading while eliminating the
bottlenecks created by differences between the processor bandwidth and
performances in rotating storage devices. Featuring a full-height,
half-length PCI card form factor, the connects directly to any
computer platform equipped with an eight-lane or higher PCI Express
(PCIe) 2.0 slot.
Performance, Reliability, and Flexibility
The XceedIOPS PCIe product achieves fast, reliable performance
through industry-standard Flash and DRAM combined with Marvell’s PCIe
controller devices. SMART’s innovative packaging, manufacturing,
design, and test capabilities provide a highly reliable,
cost-effective, and efficient solution. The new product exploits the
32Gb/s bandwidth of the PCIe interface (8x faster than 4Gb Fiber
Channel and 5x faster than SATA 3.0) to deliver industry-leading
140,000 random small block IOPS performance. Offering up to 400GB of
single-level cell (SLC) Flash-based solid-state storage, the new
solution features exceptional reliability due to state-of-the-art Flash
management algorithms and advanced wear-leveling techniques. OEMs that
require more flexibility can take advantage of the fine granularity
configurability of the XceedIOPS PCIe, which can be populated with two,
four, or eight storage nodes with 24GB or 50GB addressable capacity per
storage node. This flexibility allows OEMs to configure the optimal
storage solution, trading off performance and cost in order to best
satisfy the needs of a particular application.
In today’s market, enterprise and server-class data center
applications that require more than 100,000 IOPS, such as multi-million
record databases, social network services, and search engines, are
becoming very common. In order to satisfy the operational requirements
of these applications, hundreds of short-stroked, enterprise-class hard
disk drives (HDDs) are often assembled in an expensive and power-hungry
rack-based storage node. Now, the same workload can be fulfilled by a
single SMART 400GB XceedIOPS PCIe with the additional benefits of
reduced power consumption and higher reliability. For instance, to
achieve 140,000 IOPS, a traditional design would require 466 HDDs.
Operating at 15,000 RPM and 14.7W, this approach would then require
6850W, as compared to a single XceedIOPS PCIe, which requires 25W. As a
result, OEMs selecting the XceedIOPS PCIe can realize a 200x power
The worldwide revenue forecast for enterprise solid-state drive (SSD)
storage is expected to increase at a CAGR of 78% from 2009 to 2012,
according to IDC. In addition, IDC projects that 2010 revenue for SSD
sales will increase by 132% from 2009, up to $382 million.1 "SMART and
Marvell have collaborated on research and development, product
technology, packaging, and logistical expertise to manufacture and
deliver products that address the enterprise storage market," said Alan
Gulachenski, SMART’s Vice President of Advanced Memory Solutions.
"Marvell is the industry leader in data storage silicon solutions, and
we lead the market in delivering innovative memory and solid-state
"This collaboration provides both companies with an excellent
opportunity to better serve the changing needs of OEMs as they address
the enterprise storage and computing marketplace," said Alan Armstrong
Vice President of Marketing of the Storage Business Unit for Marvell
Semiconductor. "Marvell’s vast experience and leadership in storage
silicon products is enabling a solution that exceeds the requirements
of today’s customers."
Through this new partnership, SMART will continue to leverage
Marvell's industry-leading storage controller chips for integration
into solid-state storage products, while Marvell will benefit from
SMART's operational expertise, global footprint, customer
relationships, customer support framework, and technical experience
developing storage products. The companies expect to announce
additional storage and memory products later this year. For more
information on SMART's embedded storage solutions, visit www.smartm.com.
Sampling in Q3, the XceedIOPS PCIe will be available in production
volumes beginning in Q4. SMART will showcase its new XceedIOPS PCIe
solid-state storage solution in the Marvell booth (M1319a) at the
Computex Show to be held at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei,
Taiwan, from June 2 – 6, 2009.
About SMART SMART Modular Technologies is a leading provider of memory
products, offering more than 500 standard and custom products to
top-tier OEMs in the computer, industrial, networking, and
telecommunications sectors. Taking innovations from the design stage
through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive
memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash in various form
factors. Through its subsidiary, Adtron Corporation, SMART offers high
performance, high capacity solid-state drives for enterprise,
defense/aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and transportation
markets. SMART's Display and Embedded Products Group designs,
manufactures and sells thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal
display (LCD) solutions to customers developing casino gaming systems
as well as embedded applications such as kiosk, ATM, point-of-service,
and industrial control systems. SMART's presence in the US, Europe,
Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with
proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and
supply-chain management worldwide. More information on SMART can be
obtained at www.smartm.com.
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