Hyperstone: low power SSD controller offers reliable 3D flash support

Hyperstone introduces its new X1 – SATA III SSD controller. The X1 is designed to fully satisfy industrial requirements and targets high-reliability and low power SSDs, M.2 and U.2 modules, CFast cards and system-in-package eSSDs or discrete on-board flash drive integration. With its state-of-the-art hyMap sub-page-based flash translation layer, the X1 achieves unparalleled random write performance, minimal write amplification and high endurance without external DRAM. The newly introduced FlashXE (eXtended Endurance) read-channel includes calibration, error correction with soft-decoding and error prevention mechanisms for a wide range of flash technology including SLC, pSLC, 3D MLC, 3D TLC and the next generation of NAND flashes.

Adherence to the highest industrial requirements is guaranteed by hyReliability flash management, which features superior wear leveling, read-disturb management and best-in-class power-fail robustness. Furthermore, advanced protection against radiation and soft errors including end-to-end datapath protection, SRAM ECC and a low-alpha package ensure operation even under the most demanding conditions. The controller achieves transfer speeds of up to 550 MB/s. Exhaustive health-monitoring data exceeding the usual S.M.A.R.T. scope is provided together with lifetime estimation tools.

The X1 will initially be available in 144-ball TFBGA (10.4 x 10.4 x 1.1 mm) and 124-ball TFBGA (9 x 9 x 1.2 mm) packages, qualified for the industrial temperature range (-40 to +85 °C). Mass-production samples and firmware are available now.

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