Skyera and SK Hynix Team to Bring 16nm NAND Flash to the Enterprise with skyEagle
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Press release date: August 14, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Skyera Inc., founded by an executive and engineering team with unsurpassed backgrounds in the solid-state, storage and networking arenas, today announced it has selected 16nm NAND Flash from SK hynix, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Flash memory chips, for its new skyEagle™ all-Flash enterprise storage array.
As one of the leaders in the industry to achieve mass production of its 16nm technology node NAND Flash, SK hynix’s technology leadership is again validated by enterprise deployments in Skyera’s skyEagle. SK hynix innovations in NAND process and design are key factors to enabling high performance and reliable 16nm Flash comparable to 20nm offerings.
“We believe that building a strategic partnership with Skyera will open a new window to bring broad and deep expertise in Flash technology system-level issues to complement the world-class semiconductor excellence of SK hynix,” said Young Joon Choi, Senior Vice President of SK hynix. “This pairing ensures that the industry’s very best Flash technology experts will be guiding this collaboration as the two companies continue to produce Flash chips and systems that raise the bar for the rest of the market.”
“This is an exciting partnership that combines the expertise of one of the leaders in NAND Flash and the leader in all-Flash enterprise storage systems to ensure that the technology is optimized for new generations of enterprise applications,” said Radoslav Danilak, CEO of Skyera. “The information exchange between Skyera’s team of elite Flash storage system designers and the chip design expertise and cutting-edge manufacturing process optimization of SK hynix offers staggering potential for the future of enterprise Flash storage.”
Skyera is the only enterprise array vendor with advanced Flash management technology that can take advantage of the cost and capacity benefits of the most advanced NAND Flash media, yet still deliver IOPS performance and durability that exceed enterprise standards. Skyera’s third-generation adaptive Flash controller, as implemented in the company’s new skyEagle solid-state array, provides a 5-year Flash life cycle at a price point now even lower than HDD-based enterprise storage arrays. To achieve comparable performance and durability with conventional Flash controllers requires other array vendors to use older generation, more expensive eMLC or SLC Flash and sacrifice the density and capacity of the newest 16nm Flash chips.
About SK hynix Inc.
SK hynix Inc., headquartered in Korea, is the world’s top tier semiconductor supplier, offering Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (“DRAM”), Flash memory chips ("NAND Flash") and CMOS Image Sensors ("CIS") for a wide range of distinguished customers globally. The Company’s shares are traded on the Korea Exchange, and the Global Depository shares are listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange. Further information about SK hynix is available at www.skhynix.com.
Skyera Inc. is a disruptive provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily high performance, exceptionally lower power consumption and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems. Founded by the executives who previously developed the world’s most-advanced flash memory controller, Skyera is backed by key technology and financial partnerships designed to position it at the forefront of the hyper growth in the solid-state storage sector. The company was chosen by Flash Memory Summit as a Best of Show award winner for 2012 in the category of Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Business Application. For more information about the company, visit skyera.com.