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LITE-ON Unveils Powerful New SSD for Enterprise Workloads


SSD Co-Developed with CNEX Labs and Tier 1 Cloud Provider for
Hyperscale Cloud Environments

At the Flash
Memory Summit (FMS) 2018
previewed the first EDSFF 1U solid-state drive (SSD) to
emerge from its work with CNEX
. The revolutionary drive gained great interest among storage

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LITE-ON EDSFF 1U Solid-State Drive (Photo: Business Wire)

LITE-ON EDSFF 1U Solid-State Drive (Photo: Business Wire)

In collaboration with such partners, LITE-ON delivers an innovative and
highly efficient storage solution for scalable computing that aligns to
Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications. The resulting EDSFF
(Enterprise and Datacenter SSD Form Factor) SSD will provide a more
cost-effective solution for enterprise and hyperscale cloud environments.

"Standard SSD solutions are great at handling many typical business
workloads, but the complexity of storing information in both cloud and
data center infrastructure requires SSD firmware to be flexible and
adaptable," said Charlie Tseng, CEO of LITE-ON Storage. "LITE-ON's
expertise in SSD firmware is perfect for the varying needs of customers."

The new LITE-ON SSD EDSFF solution delivers storage density, system
design flexibility, thermal efficiency, scalable performance and easy
maintenance with front-load hot swap capabilities. The hardware design
also supports low-latency, 3D TLC and low-cost QLC NAND flash based
depending on end-users' specific cloud applications.

Leveraging the CNEX controller's flexible dual-mode interface support,
the LITE-ON SSD EDSFF protocol is configurable between traditional NVMe
logical block addressing and the upcoming Denali software-defined
interface (formerly Open-Channel SSD).

"CNEX is thrilled to be working with LITE-ON on next-generation SSDs for
cloud infrastructure," said Dr. Alan Armstrong, CEO and Co-Founder of
CNEX Labs. "SSDs are experiencing explosive growth due to their inherent
performance advantages, but the industry must move beyond legacy designs
to provide more advanced, flexible, cost-effective solutions for
non-heterogenous environments. In concert with LITE-ON, we bring this to
reality through CNEX's hardware design expertise and proprietary
low-latency SSD controllers, which feature best-in-class performance,
QoS, low power consumption, and flexible support for media technologies
and vendors."

The LITE-ON SSD EDSSF is designed for ultimate flexibility for
non-heterogenous and rapidly evolving cloud workloads – from high IOPS
density artificial intelligence (AI) and compute-intensive applications
to high capacity density near-line storage use cases. The initial design
supports the EDSFF 1U Long form factor and 16TB of Toshiba Memory
Corporation BiCS3 3D TLC NAND. However, capacity can go up to as high as
80TB with QLC technology.

No timetable for the new SSD's release was announced.

About LITE-ON Storage

A Strategic Business Group of LITE-ON Technology Corporation, LITE-ON
Storage is a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing
of Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for PC Client, Industrial Solutions,
Automotive, Enterprise and Cloud Computing.

Available in a variety of interfaces and form factors to deliver the
right product for the right application, LITE-ON SSD solutions are
highly customizable using industry-leading key components. Designed for
innovation, built for quality, and chosen for performance, all LITE-ON
SSDs are 100 percent manufactured in-house utilizing state-of-the art
facilities in Taiwan. Additional information about LITE-ON can be found

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