Complete List of 150 SSD Makers

For only three for HDDs
By Jean-Jacques Maleval on 2011.06.14

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Making a solid-state disk drive is much easier than manufacturing a magnetic hard disk drive. Mainly, you just have to buy flash chips and assemble them with a controller from your own design or acquired from an outside company .

It's not a lot of investment and that's why many small Asian firms entered into this activity. The key differentiators are not the chips, available from several sources and evolving in parallel, always smaller an smaller. The main component is the controller, each one using different algorithms to manage the complex way of reading and above all writing flash chips.

Today the four most popular units are:

  • High-end enterprise SAS SLC or MLC
  • 2.5-inch 6Gb SATA MLC
  • Faster PCIe or Mini PCIe MLC, and
  • Much smaller embedded MLC devices (M.2) for tablets and mobile devices.

Manufacturing HDDs needs much more investment, in hundreds of millions of dollars (clean rooms, robotics, lot of employees, etc.). At a time there was hundred of them. Now they are only three (Seagate, Toshiba, WD/HGST). Nobody is going to enter in this activity because the price is too high, the future of the market is not guaranteed, and all the patents are in the hands of current manufacturers.

Manufacturers of NAND flash chips for SSDs:

  • Micron in Lehi, UT, Manassas, VA and Singapore (IMS)
  • Samsung in Austin, TX, China and Korea
  • Toshiba/SanDisk in Japan
  • SK Hynix in China and Korea
    Powerchip in Taiwan


SSD Manufacturers (Country of HQs)

ADATA (Taiwan)
Active Media (USA)
Adlink Technology (Taiwan)
amp inc (USA)
Angelbird Technologies (Austria)
Asine (Israel)
Avant Technology (USA)
Angelbird Technologies (Austria)
Apple - acquiring Anobit (USA)
Apacer Technology (Taiwan)
Apotop (Taiwan)
APRO (Taiwan)
Asax/Shenzhen Hugetech Electronic Technology Development (China)
Asine (Israel)
ASUS Republic of Gamers
ATP Electronics (Taiwan)
Avant Technology (USA)
Avexir Technologies (Taiwan)
Axtremex Technology (UK)
Beijing Memblaze Technology (China)
Bigboy Technologies (USA)
BiTMICRO Networks (USA)
Biwin Technology (China)
Buffalo Technology (Japan)
Cactus Technologies
(Hong Kong)
Calvary Storage (USA)
Cardwave Services
Centon Electronics (USA)
Conversant Intellectual Property Management (Canada) - formerly Mosaid
CoreRise Electronics (China)
CoreSolid Storage (Taiwan)
Corsair Memory (USA)
CosMicro (China) Micron (USA)
Delkin Devices (USA)
Diablo Technologies (Canada)
Digicube Technology (China)
Dolphin ICS (Norway)
Dulce Systems (USA)
EDGE Memory (USA)
Elecom (Japan)
Emphase (USA)
Extreme Engineering Solutions (USA)
Fastor Systems (USA)
Fixstars Solutions (USA)
Flexxon Global (Hong Kong)
Foremay (USA)
Fortasa Memory Systems (USA)
Fujifilm (Japan)
Fusion-io  - acquired by SanDisk (USA)
G.Skill (Taiwan)
GALAXY Microsystems (Hong Kong)
Global Wireless Medium (China)
Green House (Japan)
Greenliant Systems (USA)
Hagiwara Sys-Com (Japan)
Hitachi GST - acquired by WD (USA)
IEI Technology (Taiwan)
Imation (USA)
InnoDisk (Taiwan)
IoSwitch (USA)
Integral Memory (UK)
Intel (USA)
I-O Data Device (Japan)
Kimtigo (China)
Kingmax Technology (Taiwan)
KingFast (China)
KingSpec (China)
Kingston Digital (USA)
Ketron/Starex (Taiwan)
Legacy Electronics (USA)
Lexar Media (USA)
Lite-On IT (Taiwan)
LSI / Avago (USA)
Mach Xtreme Technology (Taiwan)
Macrotron Systems (USA)
Memocom (Taiwan)
MemoRight (Taiwan)
Micron Technology - and brand name Crucial - (USA)
Minerva Innovation (Taiwan)
Microsemi (USA)
Micross Components/Austin Semiconductor (USA)
Modix (Korea)
Most I&T Afaya (Taiwan)
Mushkin (USA)
MyDigitalSSD (Taiwan)
Myung Information Technologies (South Korea)
Netlist (USA)
Novachips (Korea)
OCZ /Toshiba (USA)
Origin Storage (UK)
Patriot Memory (USA)
PaxDisk (Korea)
PhotoFast (Taiwan)
Phison Electronics (Taiwan)
Plextor (Japan)
Princeton Technology (USA)
PNY Technologies (USA)
PQI (Taiwan)
Pretec (Taiwan)
Profitechnology (China)
pureSilicon (USA)
Radian Memory Systems (USA)
Renice Technology (China)
Ritek/Ridata (Taiwan)
RunCore (China)
Sage Microelectronics (China)
Samsung (South Korea)
SanDisk (USA
Seagate Technology (USA)
SecureDrives (UK)
Shannon Systems  (acquired by Silicon Motion Technology) (China)
Shenzhen Longsys Electronics (China)
Shenzhen New KingFast Storage Technology (China)
Silicon-Power (Taiwan)
Silicon Motion Technology (Taiwan)
SK Hynix (Korea)
SMART High Reliability Solutions (USA)
Smart Storage Systems (USA)
Solid Access (USA)
Solidata Technology International (China)
Sonnet Technologies (USA)
Strontium Technology (Singapore)
Super Talent (USA)
Swissbit (Switzerland)
Targa Systems (Canada)
TDK/CoreSolid Storage Corporation (Japan)
Team Group (Taiwan)
TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (USA)
Texas Memory Systems (USA)
TIGO Technology (Taiwan)
Toshiba (Japan)
Trans International (USA)
Transcend Information (Taiwan)
Unigen (USA)
V7/Ingram Micro) (USA)
Verbatim (Japan)
Viking Technology (USA)
Virident Systems (USA)
Virtium (USA)
Waitan (China)
Walton Chaintech (Taiwan)
Waris Technologies (USA)
Wilk Electronik (Poland)
Wintec Industries (USA)
Zalman Tech (Korea)

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