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Fadu Announces E1.S SSDs in Channel

And launches certified channel partners program.

FADU Technology, Inc. is a start-up developing flash storage technology for OEM and hyperscale data centers.

It plays a role in accelerating the flash storage transition to NVMe 1.4/PCIe Gen4 x 4 and beyond in high-speed data centers by developing customizable, scalable flash controllers that deliver performance, low power and price.

The company announced its participation as a community member of the Open Compute Project (OCP). By joining open initiatives like OCP and developing products that support specs such as the Open Compute Platform (OCP) NVMe Cloud SSD spec 1.0, FADU believes it can accelerate the adoption of storage devices and formats such as E1.S and E3.

FADU’s flexible architecture enables our SSDs and controllers to rapidly adopt emerging standards like OCP Cloud Spec 1.0 and form factors like E1.S,” stated Jihyo Lee, CEO and co-founder. “We were one of the earliest to come out with an E1.S SSD that was OCP Compliant and we are uniquely positioned to deliver the performance specs, stay in the power envelope without throttling, and improve overall thermals in packed hyperscale racks.

Earlier in March 2020, FADU’s SSDs became compliant to the OCP Cloud Spec 1.0 and the company introduced the BRAVO E1.S SSD, the first Gen 3 E1.S SSD family. The firm continues with the announcement of the DELTA E1.S SSD family of Gen4 devices which have 2x the performance and capacity of Gen3 SSDs.

Several of SSD designs OCP compliant:

Storage generation Gen 3 Gen 4
Interface NVMe 1.3 / PCIe GEN3 NVMe 1.4 / PCIe GEN4
Max. capacity 8TB 16TB
Max. sequential read 3.5GB/s 7.0GB/s
Max. random read 730,000 IO/s 1,675,000 IO/S
OCP accepted form factors E1.S (9mm/15mm/25mm)
M.2 (22110)
E1.S (9mm/15mm/25mm)
M.2 (22110)
OCP Cloud Spec 1.0 compliant Yes Yes

New Channel Partner Program
FADU’s storage solution goes beyond the technology in the device and has opened up the opportunity for OEMs to break from a vertically-locked supply chain providing the controllers, flash and SSD. Its SSD designs are compatible with multiple NAND vendors. Coupled with customizable controller firmware, OEMs have the option to attenuate flash memory supply ripples and create an optimized SSD. The company offers its controllers and SSDs to OEMs who can customize and manufacture their own SSDs or, through its Private Label engagement model, delivers private-labeled, finished SSDs to large-scale OEMs that consign their flash inventory to FADU for SSD manufacturing.

To service growing demand for FADU technology from smaller OEMs, the company announced its Channel Partner program. Similar in scope to its Private Label engagement model, channel partners are certified to assist OEMs with the customization and manufacturing of private label SSDs, but focus on a smaller scale.

The first channel partner qualified by FADU is Unigen Corporation. Originally established in 1991 and in the heart of Silicon Valley, it offers a time to market advantage to their customers by providing NPI and contract manufacturing services that allows them to design, build, ship and service solutions worldwide.

The launch of our Channel Partner program enables OEMs with small quantity demands to gain access to FADU’s technology and form factors,” stated Jihyo Lee, FADU CEO and co-founder. “Unigen has the infrastructure, resources and expertise to accelerate the adoption of FADU SSDs by serving a new tier of customers for us.

Our expertise in contract manufacturing, assembly, distribution and supply chain management will provide FADU an extension of their services and expansion of their reach to a new customer base,” stated Paul Heng, Unigen CEO. “The experience will be seamless and turnkey for FADU’s small volume customers that want to maximize the benefits of FADU’s technology.

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August 13, 2019 | Press Release