Enmotus is about to turn into the Dr. Frankenstein of SSD producers by mixing two considerably opposing stable state storage applied sciences. On a single M.2 stick, they’ll take the slowest and quickest types of NAND and mix them collectively to make one drive that may hopefully fulfill all calls for.
SLC (single-level cell) storage has only one bit per cell, which makes it the quickest and most enduring type of NAND. The not too long ago developed QLC (quad-level cell) storage presents 4 bits per cell and thus quadruple the density, making it a lot better worth but in addition slower and much less sturdy.
QLC drives usually allocate a few gigabytes as a cache to enhance speeds. The MiDrive works in reverse, with a main SLC element and a bonus QLC part to retailer information which are hardly ever accessed. A customized Phison controller is used to modify information between the SLC and QLC, which occurs seamlessly within the background.
“Phison worked closely with Enmotus integrating Enmotus’ technology with our controllers,” stated Ok.S Pua, CEO of Phison Electronics. “Positioning MiDrive between the niche high-performance consumer SSD market and cost-conscious users presents a tremendous market opportunity for Phison and Enmotus.”
Enmotus hasn’t stated precisely how a lot of the SSD is SLC — the overall capability is 1TB — however of their press materials, they describe it as containing the working system, important information and even video games.
Enmotus is providing a five-year guarantee on the drives, which is a good bonus over the three years most QLC drives include. Exact specs are nonetheless sparse, and no pricing but, however the firm is sampling to OEMs. As with different CES bulletins, we’ll finally see if this idea catches on or not.