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More on developing your own SSD controller chip. Is rolling your own right for you?

A couple of days ago, I described the new STEC MACH16 SSD and noted that STEC had developed its own SSD controller and firmware. (See “STEC’s MACH16 Slim 2.5-in SATA SSD requires small footprint, fits in small embedded spaces”) I … Continue reading

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Unbelievable but true: bad embedded SSD controller firmware can crash a PC. Next stop—Blue Screen of Death!

According to this article by Anand Lal Shimpi on the eponymous Anandtech.com, several SSD vendors including Intel have recently discovered that it’s possible for an SSD to crash a Microsoft Windows system and invoke the dreaded Blue Screen of Death … Continue reading

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Crucial updates SSD firmware that allows drives to cruise past 5184 hours

After 5184 hours of active use, users of Crucial SSDs were experiencing intermittent blue screens of death (BSODs). Now the company has released a field-installable firmware update that appears to solve the problem. Check it out here. As SSDs become … Continue reading

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