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Greenliant Acquires Assets of Microchip

NANDrive SSD, NAND Controller and Specialty Flash Memory

This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2010.05.27
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Greenliant Systems, Inc., a company dedicated to developing energy-efficient, reliable and secure solid-state storage products, has acquired the NANDrive, NAND Controller and Specialty Flash Memory assets of Microchip Technology Inc. The three product lines will form the core of Greenliant’s solid-state storage product portfolio for the embedded system, data center and mobile Internet markets.

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By acquiring the NANDrive solid-state drive and NAND Controller assets of Microchip Technology, Greenliant is well positioned to take a leadership position in the fast-growing market for solid-state storage products”, said the company.

Founded in April 2010 by former SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.) chairman and CEO Bing Yeh
, Greenliant is built upon more than 20 years of expertise in designing low-power, high-quality flash memory, solid-state storage and controller products. Greenliant’s core management and engineering staff include many of the original NANDrive and NAND Controller design team members.

By acquiring the NANDrive solid-state drive and NAND Controller assets of Microchip Technology, Greenliant is well positioned to take a leadership position in the fast-growing market for solid-state storage products,” said Bing Yeh, CEO of Greenliant. “We are fully committed to providing continued and uninterrupted support to existing customers of NANDrive, NAND Controllers and Specialty Flash Memory products through our well-established global sales channels and manufacturing partners in wafer foundry, chip packaging and testing. With our team of seasoned technologists and technical marketing experts, Greenliant will continue to develop and market advanced solid-state storage solutions for the needs of our rapidly changing world. Green and Reliant, as our corporate name implies, will be the center of our focus. Our corporate mission is to develop and market energy-efficient, highly reliable and secure storage solutions for the embedded system, data center and mobile Internet applications.”

Greenliant’s flagship product, the NANDrive solid-state drive (SSD), consists of an integrated ATA controller and NAND flash die in a tiny multi-chip package measuring as small as 12mm x 24mm. NANDrive includes built-in microcontroller and file management firmware that communicates with ATA-standard interfaces, eliminating the need for additional or proprietary host software such as Flash File System (FFS) or Memory Technology Driver (MTD) software. Selected as the small form factor SSD choice of tier one companies in the communications, industrial, medical and networking markets, NANDrive products are available in capacities ranging from 512 MByte to 8 GByte and support industrial temperature ranges. Higher capacity NANDrive products will be announced soon.

Comprising the heart of NAND-based storage solutions, Greenliant’s NAND Controllers are built upon more than two decades of controller design expertise. Featuring advanced NAND management technology, the NAND Controllers intelligently manage the inherent deficiencies of NAND flash, taking this burden off of the host system and making the system designer’s job easier. Greenliant NAND Controllers provide high reliability, increased data integrity, powerful error correction capability, power-down protection and prolonged product life for data storage systems.

Greenliant’s Specialty Flash Memory product offering includes the ComboMemory family, consisting of 1.8V and 3.0V standard and address/data bus multiplex flash plus PSRAM combination memory products. Featuring high performance in an extremely small and thin package - as small as 6 x 8 x 1mm - the ComboMemory products are the premier combination memory choice for space- and power-constrained portable devices. The MTP (Many-Time Programmable) family marries the erase capability of flash with the cost effectiveness of EPROM/OTP (one-time programmable) memory. The SSF (Small-Sector Flash) products are ideal for applications requiring fine data granularity, and the multi-bank architecture and Read-while-Write operations of Greenliant’s CSF (Concurrent SuperFlash) series make it ideal for wireless applications.

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