IBM introduces its latest 19.2TB enterprise SSD drivers with Everspin's STT-MRAM

A couple of days ago, Everdisplay disclosed its first major design win with a "top enterprise storage vendor" for its 40nm 256Mb STT-MRAM chips. We now know that this vendor is IBM - as it introduced its latest-generation enterprise SSD FlashSystem, which indeed includes Everspin's STT-MRAM.

IBM 2018 FlashSystem spec slide

Using MRAM instead of DRAM memory enabled IBM to remove the relatively large supercapacitors (used to make the DRAM non-volatile) and so the company was able to reduced the size of its drives and switch to a standard 2.5-inch U.2 drive form factor. The new FlashSystem SSDs support up to 19.2TB of 64L 3D TLC NAND. IBM's system uses a 20-channel NAND interface and a four-lane PCIe 4.0 host interface that can operate in dual-port 2+2 mode.

Everspin announces its first major design win with a top enterprise storage vendor for its 256Mb STT-MRAM chips

Everspin announced that it will demonstrate its latest MRAM technologies at the Flash Memory Summit 2018 which starts today.

In its PR, Everdisplay discloses its first major design win with a "top enterprise storage vendor" for its 40nm 256Mb STT-MRAM chips. Everspin says that MRAM enabled the vendor to achieves new levels of performance, storage capacity and reliability.

SMART starts shipping its STT-MRAM based nvNITRO accelerator cards

SMART Modular Technologies announces that it has began shipping its new 1Gb nvNITRO Accelerator Card that features MRAM technology. These new nvNITRO cards use Everspin's STT-MRAM chips. SMART says that nvNITRO is ideally suited for the most demanding transaction logging applications and is designed with plug-and-play capability requiring no changes to system hardware, memory reference, bios or file systems.

SMART nvNITRO acceleration card photo

SMART further says that the new cards enable a system application to write or log large amounts of data at the full performance of incoming data and provides extremely low and highly consistent read latencies of under 10µs. Because of the non-volatility of the MRAM chips, these cards do not need any power source such as super capacitors or batteries.

Everspin shows how its new nvNITRO accelerators provide superior latency determinism

In March 2017 Everspin announced its nvNITRO line of storage accelerators, with 1GB and 2GB capacities, based on the company's 256Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM chips. Everspin is accepting orders for these accelerators which should start shipping by the end of the year.

In the video above you can see a recent demonstration by Everspin of how these nvNITRO accelerators provide superior latency determinism enabling a Low Latency Write Buffer for applications such as Apache Log4J.

GlobalFoundries: 22nm eMRAM technology is now available, prototyping to start in Q1 2018

In September 2016 Everspin announced that its perpendicular (pMTJ) STT-MRAM memory is going to be deployed by Global Foundries as an embedded 22nm memory (as part of the 22FDX platform). Today GlobalFoundries (GF) announced that eMRAM technology is now available for the 22FDX platform.

GF says that its eMRAM technology is the industry's most advanced embedded memory solution, and it provides high performance and superior reliability for broad applications in consumer and industrial controllers, data centers, Internet of Things, and automotive.

Seagate demonstrate an MRAM-powered high performance SSD boot drive

Seagate demonstrate several new prototypes and technologies at Flash Memory Summit last week, and one of these is the new Nytron 5000B SSD drive that is a high-performance boot drive. The new device has 256GB of 3D MLC NAND and makes use of 1258MB of Everspin's STT-MRAM in addition to a "normal" DRAM cache.

Seagate SSD with MRAM cache prototype (August-2017)

Seagate says that the MRAM can be used as either a write cache for user data or it can be exposed directly as a separate storage namespace for explicit tiered storage. Seagate said that this is currently just a test-platform prototype - and not a preview of an upcoming product.

Everspin launches its nvNITRO line of storage accelerators, to start shipments in Q4 2017

Everspin announced its nvNITRO line of storage accelerators back in March 2017, and the company now announces that it has officially launched the new accelerators with 1GB and 2GB capacities, based on the company's 256Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM chips.

Everspin nvNITRO NVMe PCIe STT-MRAM card photo

Everspin is accepting orders for the new products, which will ship in Q4 2017. The nvNITRO accelerators operate up to 1.5 million IOPS with 6μs end-to-end latency. Everspin is delivering a half-height, halflength (HHHL) PCIe card as well as U.2 form factors; both support NVMe and memory mapped IO (MMIO) access modes.

Global Foundries to offer Everspin's PMTJ STT-MRAM as an embedded memory solution

Everspin announced that its perpendicular (pMTJ) STT-MRAM memory is going to be deployed by Global Foundries as an embedded 22nm memory. Everspin licensed its technology global foundries which will offer this as part of its 22FDX platform.

Global Foundries 22nm eMRAM slide

The 22FDX platform targets emerging applications such as battery powered consumer devices, IoT, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Vision Processing. Customers of Global Foundries will now be able to embed MRAM memory in next-generation SoC and MCU based producers.

Cobham's MRAM chips to reach Mars soon

High-reliability aerospace component maker Cobham (formerly Aeroflex) says that its MRAM chips were used in the payload of the ExoMars program that will soon reach Mars (in October 2016).

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter 2016

ExoMars is a joint-endeavor between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). ExoMars 2016 is the first mission, that will consist of a Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module (EDM) known as Schiaparelli. The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes on Mars.

Aupera Technologies launches the world's first storage module based on Everspin's pMTJ STT-MRAM

Aupera Technologies launched the world's first M.2 storage module based on Everspin's recently announced 256Mb pMTJ ST-MRAM. The Aup-AXL-M128, will be used in Aupera's All Flash Array system as a hardware acceleration engine for specific applications that require low latency and high performance.

Aupera Aup-AXL-M128 photo

Aupera says the company is excited at the future potential of this ST-MRAM based module. The ST-MRAM delivers four orders of magnitude BER reduction and more than 30% less power while quadrupling the capacity to 128MB as compared to the previous generation M.2 MRAM module.