New Genesis SSDs Feature Memory Signal Processing

By Stuart J. Johnston

Flash storage provider for enterprise and mobile markets Anobit announced this week it has begun sampling the two latest additions to its Genesis solid-state drives (SSD) based on the company's proprietary Memory Signal Processing (MSP) technology, and will begin delivering volume shipments to OEM customers next month.

Anobit's second-generation Genesis SSDs are targeted for use in network and server attached storage as well as enterprise business and cloud-based applications, according to company statements.

The MSP SSDs boast program and erase (P/E) endurance rates as high as 50,000 P/E cycles, and performance of up to 70,000 random read input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 40,000 random write IOPS.

The drives can perform sequential reads of 540 Mbs and sequential writes of 510 Mbps.

Anobit's MSP technology uses proprietary signal processing algorithms that help compensate for physical drawbacks of NAND flash memory.

"Specifically, the MSP technology enables SLC (single-level cell) endurance and performance with MLC (multi-level cell) NAND, and MLC endurance and performance with TLC (three bits-per-cell) NAND, resulting in a significant reduction in cost-per-bit," Anobit's statements said.

Anobit claims to have shipped more than 20 million MSP-powered flash controllers to OEMs already this year.

As far as longevity goes, the Genesis SSDs can sustain user data writes of 10 times the drives' capacity per day for five years, the company said.

The Genesis-T series 2.5 inch drive is a 6 Gbs SATA (Serial ATA) 3.0 compliant SSD, while the Genesis-S series 2 .5 inch drive is a 6 Gbs SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) 2.0 compliant SSD.

The new Genesis drives are available in 100 GB, 200 GB and 400 GB configurations. Meanwhile, 800 GB and larger capacities are planned. The T series drives will be available in volume in October, while the S series will begin shipping in volume in November, the company said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on September 16, 2011