Wednesday, May 9th 2012

Buffalo Readies New Line of SSDs with MRAM Caches

Buffalo launched a new line of SSDs that incorporate MRAM (magnetic random access memory) caches. The caches provide increase tolerance to power loss, and momentarily hold data that's being transacted between the drive and the host, which buys the controller some time to prevent data loss, when the power goes down. Pictures suggest that Buffalo could have SSDs in both SATA and IDE flavors. So far, MRAM cache is the only distinctive feature of a new line of SSDs Buffalo is working on, which it will unveil a little later, at the Embedded Systems Expo (ESEC) 2012.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
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7 Comments on Buffalo Readies New Line of SSDs with MRAM Caches

#1
largon
Interesting.
But I want an SSD based on MRAM only and no NAND. With an optical interface.


Gimme.
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#3
happita
I would see this being a lot more beneficial to businesses vs the average consumer. Data loss, especially to bigger name companies can cost millions, maybe even billions. This would be another notch up on protection...couple a server with a UPS and 1 of these and you can rest just a little easier knowing that the data you have will be a little more secure against data loss due to power loss.
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#5
largon
AsRock,
Why the battery? MRAM is non-volatile.
by: happita
I would see this being a lot more beneficial to businesses vs the average consumer.
What? You'd not like several orders of magnitude lower system memory latencies, instant boot-up, lower power than DRAM?
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: largon
AsRock,
Why the battery? MRAM is non-volatile.
What? You'd not like several orders of magnitude lower system memory latencies, instant boot-up, lower power than DRAM?
I must be thinking of another type then, there was one or to be which used a battery to make sure the information was saved.
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happita
by: largon
What? You'd not like several orders of magnitude lower system memory latencies, instant boot-up, lower power than DRAM?
This is the first time I have ever heard of the term MRAM. Not very popular as you know, so I wasn't aware that the advantages to it were more than just another mechanism to help aid against data loss.
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