Mountain View, Calif., – December 15, 2018 – FADU is a fabless semiconductor start up focused on advancing flash storage devices. The company is dedicated to developing and deploying a new, more efficient architecture for solid-state drive (SSD) controllers and storage products that meets the explosively increasing data demands placed on enterprise datacenters. FADU is pleased to announce, the commercial availability of the Annapurna NVME SSD Controller and Bravo Series of SSDs that will raise the bar for enterprise and hyperscale data center efficiency.
FADU’s new SSD portfolio is expected to improve data center efficiency compared to legacy storage systems, by requiring less power and cooling for a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The lineup delivers better Quality of Service (QoS) through reduced latency and data delays while offering enhanced reliability and endurance.
The Bravo Series SSD lineup includes the following solutions to meet a wide range of data center storage demands:
- First to be offered in a U.2 dual port 7mm form factor and uses only 6.2-8.5W of active power versus traditional U.2 15mm and AIC SSDs at 25W. The SSD is available in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and 8TB capacities and delivers sequential read speeds of 3.5 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) and sequential write speeds of 3.2GB/s
- Also offered in a smaller M.2 form factor and uses only 8.1W of active power versus traditional M.2 SSDs at 10.6W. The SSD is available in 1TB or 2TB, capacities and delivers sequential read speeds of 3.5 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) and sequential write speeds of 2.7 GB/s.
The Bravo SSDs used with FADU’s Annapurna controller reduce power requirements by more than 30% with over a 100% improvement in Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPs) in both the U.2 and M.2 form factors.
The Bravo Series takes advantage of the new Annapurna (RISC-V) controller architecture that delivers breakthrough performance by fully automating the hardware and removing bottlenecks. It provides support for the NVMe 1.3a, Open Channel SSD 2.0 (Dual Mode), PCIe Gen 3.0×4 host interface and has an eight channel NAND interface. FADU reconstructed the entire architecture of the SSD to take full advantage of the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) interface and removed thermal issues allowing for round-the-clock high performance with minimized throttling.
The Annapurna controller is available to customers and third-party flash storage device manufactures as a component, an ASIC with customer-specific firmware, part of an SSD turnkey solution or integrated into a privately-labeled storage device.