Transcend Information, Inc., a leading producer of industrial-grade flash storage devices, is announcing its newly developed SuperMLC technology, a cost-effective flash storage solution with nearly equal performance to SLC NAND flash devices. Utilizing pre-selected high-quality flash chips and combining them with adjusted firmware coding, Transcend’s SuperMLC technology eliminates the performance bottleneck associated with smaller-capacity SSDs. SuperMLC technology is able to achieve 4 X the sequential write performance of MLC NAND flash, and up to 30,000 times of P/E (program/erase) cycles.
Transcend’s SuperMLC technology is geared towards industrial-grade usage scenarios, such as fanless PCs, embedded automation computers and engineering machines. Transcend’s successful development of SuperMLC technology is the result of reprogramming the two bits per cell of MLC into one bit per cell to greatly boost its endurance and performance, especially with smaller-capacity SSDs. Although this practice effectively halves capacity by virtue of its double occupation of cells for two bits, the superior quality achieved is still a good tradeoff for industrial applications, creating quality that is nearly equal to that of SLC NAND flash, yet at a much more cost-effective price point.
Transcend plans to release several new industrial-grade SSD models in 2016 utilizing SuperMLC technology, including a 2.5” model (SSD510K), an mSATA model (MSA510), a half-slim SSD model (HSD510), and M.2 versions (MTS460 & MTS860). All of Transcend’s industrial-grade products undergo extensive testing through all stages of development to ensure high quality and long lifespan.
You can view Transcend’s press release announcing the SuperMLC technology in its entirety here.