According to the press release Seagate will use DensBits’ technology for “consumer and enterprise applications including 3 bits/cell (“TLC”) 1Xnm Flash-based consumer-grade SSD, and 2 bits/cell (“MLC”) 1Xnm Flash-based enterprise-grade SSD.”
A pattern is starting to emerge. We understand that Seagate’s current Pulsar SSDs use chips from Link_A_Media (the subject of another recent post) which has only recently disclosed its existence. It seems that the leading HDD company is unafraid to seek start-ups with brilliant new technology to give itself an advanced technology position in the SSD market.
Work with early-stage start-ups may well be an important part of Seagate’s established corporate culture. SanDisk, in its early years, co-authored a number of SSD patents with Seagate over 20 years ago.
This should be a good partnership. Seagate has the financial resources to significantly boost a start-up’s performance, and DensBits has a technology that should help Seagate take advantage of some pretty unruly chips. TLC at sub-20nm processes will have very difficult error rates and endurance, and this is the area in which DensBits says it shines.