Up to 12TB SSD PCIe SSD From Foremay

With hexa bus slot configuration, R/W up to 4.0/3.8 GB/s
This is a Press Release edited by on 2011.01.20

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Foremay, Inc. announced volume shipping of its EC188 D-series PCIe SSD solution with PCIe card host interfaces.


The EC188 D-series PCIe SSD product line is designed for high speed,
high IOPS, and high concurrent access servers and workstations with x4
PCIe, x8 PCIe or x16 PCIe slots. The EC188 D-series PCIe flash hard
drives have speeds up to 4.0 GB/s for reading and 3.8 GB/s for writing
in hexa bus slot configurations. It also has IOPS of up to 250,000 for both read and write. Its hexa bus slot configuration brings the capacity up to 12 Terabytes, or 12,000 GB.

"EC188 D-series PCIe solid state drives are bootable SSD solutions with no external power requirement," said Jason Hoover, Foremay’s VP Marketing. "The
D-series PCIe SSD supports various server and workstation operating
systems including Windows, Macintosh, Linux and selected Unix systems.

Application examples for EC188 PCIe SSD drive:

  • Cloud computing servers
  • Database storage such as Oracle, MySQL and SQL Severs
  • 3G/4G Wireless Mobile Content, Mobile Video/TV and Mobile Internet Systems
  • High Performance and High Reliability Banking Systems
  • High Responsive Real Time Processing Servers for Stock / Security Exchanges
  • I/O Dense Servers/Workstations such as Mail Servers, E-commerce
    Servers, Data servers, Online Gaming Servers, Web Hosting Severs, and
    Video Streaming Servers
  • Recording/editing/transmitting of film, HD video, and HDTV
  • High Concurrent Reading Systems such as Commercial IPTV and VOD Systems
  • High Concurrent Writing Systems such as Public Security Surveillance Video Recorders
  • EAD / IC design simulation, extraction and verification
  • High Speed Enterprise IT Systems and Data Centers
  • Fault Tolerant Applications
  • High Speed Data Acquisition and Collection
  • Medical Imaging
  • Scientific Research
  • 3D Imaging and Modeling

Model     Dual Bus Slots - Single Bus Slot

  • Model-W 1.6/1.5 GB/s - 750/700 MB/s
  • Model-V 1.4/1.1 GB/s - 600/600 MB/s
  • Model-U 1,200/800 MB/s - 400/500 MB/s

EC188 D-series PCIe SSD Availability
EC188 D-series PCIe SSD drives are now shipping in volume from single bus slot to hexa bus slot configurations.

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PCIe SSD at 4TB From Foremay

Up to 1.6GB/s for reading and 1.5GB/s for writing
This is a Press Release edited by on 2010.02.08

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Foremay, Inc., in solid state drives and one of the world’s Top 5 SSD OEMs, announced the EC188 D-series PCIe solid state hard drive with standard PCIe card host interfaces.


The EC188 D-series PCIe SSD is designed for servers, workstations and desktops with x4 PCIe, x8 PCIe or x16 PCIe slots, with speeds up to 1.6 GB/s for reading and 1.5 GB/s for writing, and read/write IOPS up to 200K/180K. The jumbo capacity of the EC188 D-series PCI Express SSD scales up to 4 TB. It helps solve the storage bottleneck problem in dense I/O, heavy traffic load, and high speed computing applications such as enterprise servers, studio workstations, database storage and high-end computers.

IOPS is one of the major pain points to be addressed in the deployment of today’s high-end and mission-critical servers and workstations,” said Dr. Jack Winters, Foremay’s CTO and co-founder. “We hope that our new EC188 D-series PCIe SSD card, with greater than 100K IOPS and more than 1 GB/s bandwidth, can help solve problems in the majority of those computing applications where IOPS or speed is the bottleneck.”  

Some application examples for EC188 PCIe card SSD are:

  • Enterprise servers / workstations
  • Real time processing servers such as in stock exchange systems
  • Database storage
  • Recording/editing/transmitting of film, HD video, and HDTV
  • 3D modeling
  • High-end gaming machines
  • EAD/IC design simulation, extraction and verification
  • Scientific research
  • Medical imaging
  • Web hosting servers and mail servers

The EC188 D-series PCIe cards support a wide variety of operating systems, including Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/Server, Mac OS X 10.4/5/6, Solaris, Linux, UNIX, etc. It also comes with built-in PCIe RAID controller to give users flexibility for more scalability or redundancy protection.

EC188 D-series PCIe SSD Availability
EC188 D-series PCIe SSD cards are now shipping in small quantities. Volume production is expected starting in March 2010.

Our Comments

There are several ways to connect SSDs to computers: using standard storage interfaces like SATA, SAS, FC, FireWire, USB, or PCIe, probably the fastest solution.

Other companies in PCIe SSDs include Dolphin ICS (up to 4TB), Fusion-io (640GB), Hagiwara Sys-Com, Lexar, OCZ (1TB), Maxell, Pretec, Samsung, Smart Modular Technologies (400GB), Super Talent (2TB), Texas Memory (450GB), Transcend and Verbatim. Seagate is also coming with LSI controllers.

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Fremont, CA with offices in China, Korea and Taiwan, Foremay is not the best-known company in this field but, according to, was the number two in its list of Top 10 SSD OEMs in 4Q09, behind Fusion-io, and in front of STEC, WD, SandForce, Texas Memory, Samsung, SanDisk, RunCore and Intel. It’s surprising to see STEC being only at the third place and Intel 10th. SandForce offers mainly SSD controllers only.

Last December, Foremay already announced volume shipping of PCIe SSD cards, but at 'only' 2GB, R/W speed up to 1,300/1,100 MB/s. It also offers SSDs in 1.8-, 2.5- and 3.5-inch form factors with PATA and SATA interfaces.

The firm was founded by a team of semiconductor and network industry veterans from Cisco, IBM, NEC, Nokia, Alcatel and AT&T. CTO is Jack Winters, adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology and co-founder at Eigent Technologies, and formerly division manager at AT&T Labs.

Its technology is based on:
  • wear leveling, arranging data so that erasures and re-writes are distributed evenly across the entire device
  • BCH ECC algorithm to correct up to 12 random bit errors in each 512 byte area
  • Bad block management to detect factory produced bad blocks as well as those that develop over the lifetime of the device
  • SMART and NCQ
Foremay manufactures four lines of products :
  • OC177: compact flash disk modules for onboard computing
  • SC199: for mission critical computing
  • EC188: for high IO/s for the enterprise market
  • PC166: for PCs
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