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OCZ Technology Group, a leading manufacturer of solid-state drives, said that its next-generation controller for solid-state drives have already taped out and that samples of SSDs powered by the new chip will be out in August or September. The company promises that the new controller will boost performance of SSDs compared to existing products.

"We have recently gave out our next generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller [to production] and expect to receive sample silicon back from our foundry partner TSMC in coming weeks. We expect to begin sampling SSDs on this controller in the August to September timeframe. We expect to have SSD sales related to Barefoot 3 in the third fiscal quarter," said Ryan Petersen, chief executive officer of OCZ, during a conference call with financial analysts.

The OCZ/Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller utilizes internally designed - the first time for OCZ - Aragon 400MHz 32-bit processor. The Aragon core supports an SSD specific RISC instruction set, allowing most instructions and branches to be executed in a single cycle, OCZ claims. The chip is set to be made using  65nm process technology at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. OCZ believes that the new Barefoot 3 SoC will significantly boost performance of its SSDs.

"Initial specifications indicate that Barefoot 3 will support a significant performance increase over our current products and as its primary IT blocks are now licensed from a third party, it provides additional incremental cost benefits to OCZ," noted Mr. Petersen.

In addition to performance gain, OCZ expects Barefoot 3 controller to cut its costs. Moreover, with the new Indilinx controller the firm expects to make offerings that will change the world of SSDs in general.

"When implemented in SSD controller, this the [Aragon 3 core gives] a much higher performance than when using an off-the-shelf embedded safety field. This design opens a world of new possibilities for game changing SSD solutions as it supports unprecedented levels of processing power," commented the head of OCZ.

Tags: OCZ, Barefoot, Indilinx, SSD, NAND, Flash


Comments currently: 9
Discussion started: 07/16/12 01:18:54 PM
Latest comment: 07/25/12 10:01:58 AM
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The Aragon core supports an SSD specific risk instruction set...

LOL. Yes, anything from OCZ is definitely "risky", but in this case I think you meant "RISC"
0 0 [Posted by: john42  | Date: 07/16/12 01:18:54 PM]

RISC or RISK just wait and see the performance is the main object of the game.
0 2 [Posted by: idonotknow  | Date: 07/16/12 02:01:42 PM]
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Not when you're talking about notoriously unreliable OCZ drives. We also need to be open to the possibility that this is another hoax like the Everest "controller".
2 0 [Posted by: Alereon  | Date: 07/16/12 03:29:14 PM]

2 months between tape out and release? Yeah those are going to be reliable for sure. Intel has 8+ months of validation prior to release.
1 1 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 07/16/12 11:08:50 PM]
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I see your point. But the comparison is invalid as Intel's CPUs probably have over 2 orders of complexity comparing to this controller.
0 1 [Posted by: PsiAmp  | Date: 07/17/12 12:42:03 AM]
Even when Intel released SSDs with SandForce Controllers in them, they tested them for at least a year before bringing anything to market. That is why Intel's Sandforce drives were so late to market, they literally worked out alot of bugs and send SF/LSI the new code so they could update partners in time.
1 0 [Posted by: iLLz  | Date: 07/17/12 01:07:31 PM]

Is this meant to be compared with the up-coming Sandforce 3?
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 07/17/12 06:20:23 AM]


More half-baked crap rushed to market so that consumers can be the unpaid Beta testers. These companies need to be heavily fined for each product defect discovered by consumers. Maybe that would change their POV?
1 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 07/17/12 10:36:44 AM]
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I don't feel we should be so cynical about OCZ. They were the company who made the best DDR3 memory before Corsair Dominator. They stopped their production in order to concentrate on SSD markets. They are also the fastest growing corporation in the field. Besides, as this article states, they are in for a lot of benefits and advances in SSD speed. I'm waiting purchase until autumn to see if they topped their Vertex 4 speeds.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 07/25/12 10:01:58 AM]


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