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Semiconductor Engineering: Computing Where Data Resides

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing at Arteris IP is quoted in this new Semiconductor Engineering article:

Computing Where Data Resides

March 29th, 2021 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

Computational storage approaches push power and latency tradeoffs.

“Ten years ago solid state drives were new,” said Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP. “There really wasn’t anything like an enterprise SSD. There were little microcontrollers running on platter-type hard drives. That was where semiconductors were then. Since that time, so much has changed. A lot of startups were doing really sophisticated SSD controllers, and the problem initially was that NAND flash consumes itself while it’s operating, so you always have to check the cells. Then, once you find out they’re bad, you must rope them off and tell them not to save anything there anymore. If you buy a 1-terabyte SSD drive, it actually has more than 1 terabyte because it’s grinding itself to death as it operates. For the SSD controllers, that was the initial challenge. But now, storage disk companies have undergone a lot of consolidation. If you look at what’s going on computational storage, we have customers who are doing SSD storage and controllers for the data center that are focused on a particular application, such as video surveillance, so there is computation actually within those controllers that is dealing with that particular use case. That is completely new. Within that computation, you’ll see things like traditional algorithmic, if/then analysis. Then, some of it is trained AI engines. Any of the SSD, enterprise SSD controllers are heading in that direction.”

Topics: SoC NoC network-on-chip enterprise SSD semiconductor engineering arteris ip cache interconnects kurt shuler computational storage AI engines

New tech paper: Optimizing Enterprise-Class SSD Host Controller Design

Enterprise SSD endurance and data reliability require unique interconnect features in host controller SoCs.

We have a new detailed technical paper written by Senior Solutions Architect Dee Lin and myself about the new challenges faced by enterprise SSD host controller teams in meeting SSD endurance, power and performance requirements.

  Download SSD Tech Paper

Topics: Arteris FlexNoC SSD enterprise SSD flexnoc resilience package SSD endurance

How is SSD flash memory like a helicopter?

It destroys itself as it is operating.*

Bear with me now as I explain how SSD flash memory works similar to helicopters...

First, let's explain the helicopter part of this analogy: Fixed wing aviators (i.e. non-helicopter pilots) are keen to remind people that the act of converting a jet engine's axial force into the orthogonal axis required to spin a helicopter rotor requires a sophisticated gearbox that slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) grinds itself to death through friction.

Topics: enterprise SSD flexnoc resilience package memory reliability