Novachips 4TB / 8TB SSD Review – HLNAND Sees 8TB Sizes & Higher, Speed & Low Power

REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS

HLNAND has been around since 2010 when an Ottawa based company named MOSAID introduced it to the tech world.  Novachips signed on with MOSAID to jointly develop HLNAND in 2012 and, even back then, they identified that a HLSSD would support capacities of 8TB. MOSAID was eventually bought out and, seeing the value of HLNAND, Novachips purchased the IP (intellectual property) specific to HLNAND in January of this year. It is not new.  Novachips has been developing this for years and sees something special in ‘hyperlink memory’.

In fact, having spent so much time getting to know the technology from the inside out, we can’t help but wonder why this wasn’t bought by any of the big names; Samsung, Micron, Intel or Toshiba. Novachips has developed and is now marketing a technology that nobody else has been able to up to this point. This was more than ripe for the picking when SanDisk could have used a hand…or two.  Through it all, Novachips believed in the technology and stuck with it.  We think they are about to reap the rewards of that loyalty.

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Traditi0nally, the difficulty with manufacturing a high-capacity SSD was NAND stage of development tied into the cost of creating large capacity NAND flash memory.  We had to consider the power needed to run that many memory chips, along with sufficient data transfer speeds to justify that SSDs manufacturing.  Simply put, it just doesn’t make sense to market a 4TB SATA 2 SSD when one can buy 2x 2TB SATA 3 SSDs cheaper.  We then had to look at the number of controllers that would make all of this possible, and factor in additional things such as the heat that might result.

Novachips’ ‘HLSSD’ (Hyperlink SSD) contains a single controller with Novachips proprietary HLNAND and is capable, not only of the 4TB and 8TB capacities we have tested here but also, capacities up to 16TB and even 32TB. This same SSD is low power, compliant with ASPM, DEVSLP and TCG OPAL 2.0, has optimum SATA 3 speeds, and includes AES 256-Bit encryption, thermal protection, power loss protection and a 3-year warranty.  Novachips Scalar is compatible with any memory on the market (remembering only HLNAND for high capacities), along with your choice of interface, be it SATA 1.5/3/6, PCIe x2/4 or NVMe.  In fact, we will have the NVMe version in our hands soon enough for testing and report.

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In our testing, we went that extra step for this report. We wanted to see just what the Scalar was capable of so we ran it through PCMark 8 Extended Storage Testing several times.  This was much longer than the typical single run of 17-18 hours and much longer than we ever have for any other SSD. The Novachip Scalar SSD has been filled more times than your bath tub.  Through it all, the SSD still runs great.  The PCMark 8 Extended Storage results we have published are the last run we did and this SSD just won’t give up.  It is a very well manufactured product.

Availability and pricing…  This product is available now to enterprise and oem and they are welcome to contact Novachips with inquiries. Novachips has also just opened a Shopify Store to put this SSD within reach of small business and the consumer.  It is a niche product and, as such, is running at a premium of .50-.65/GB. After all, they are  the world’s first 7mm 2.5″ 4TB and 15mm 2.5″ 8TB SSDs with general availability, and their lifeline is a bit more than most at 3,900TBW.  Very soon, we will also see the Novachip N550 Express HLSSD available in the store with similar capacity and speeds of 1.5GB/s, but not before our report we hope!.

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HLNAND technology is a remarkable technology that Novachips has played a very large part in developing.  We believe the Novachips Scalar HLNAND SSD is worthy of our Editor’s Choice.

 

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