Monday, May 14, 2007

Solid-state drives get a new link on life

The rising popularity of solid-state drives especially for notebook computers is creating more interest in improving their interconnects. My colleague Mike Clendenin has a good report this morning on Mosaid's proposed HyperLink NAND link that claims to improve bandwidth from 133 Mbits/second per pin in its first spec to 800 Mbits/s/ pin in later revisions.

The question is whether any flash makers will adopt it. The likelihood is as flash becomes more important in sold-state drives and other devices, every flash maker probably has its own internal R&D programs looking at this interconnect. There must be some discussions on the topic in Jedec, too, I would think. Flash makers, chime in here or at rbmerrit@cmp.com to keep me up to date.

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