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Accelerate SSD time to revenue

The race to leading solid state drive (SSD) market share is often won by manufacturers that are fastest to market with the newest products bolstered by the latest technology. For SSD makers, lags in delivering next-generation products can mean lost business and revenue as server and laptop makers jockeying for first-to-market leadership turn to faster providers.

As rapid adoption of SSDs continues, and the footprint of SSDs in datacenters keeps expanding, the stakes rise ever higher. Research firm IDC forecasts that enterprise SSD unit shipments will grow from 3.86 million in 2013 to 13.15 million in 2017, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37%. Client SSDs for laptops are forecast to grow from 35.6 million units in 2013 to 72.6 million units in 2017, a five-year CAGR of 22.5%*.

To speed time to revenue and gain competitive advantage, SSD manufacturers rely on reference designs from component providers – product blueprints that give SSD makers a head start in developing next-generation products – to shorten design cycles and reduce related development costs.

LSI® SandForce® reference design kits accelerate time to market for new SSD designs

LSI SandForce reference design kits help OEMs and ODMs accelerate time to market for new SSD designs by providing sample schematics and reference platforms. LSI also provides highly configurable firmware for its SandForce flash controllers, enabling OEMs to easily create customized and differentiated solutions.

To help ensure compatibility of LSI SandForce flash controllers with flash memory from the major NAND vendors, LSI maintains relationships with a wide array of NAND flash memory manufacturers and validates next-generation flash technologies. LSI also works closely with manufacturers of logic and protocol analyzers, test equipment, cables and other key SSD ecosystem players through its SandForce Trusted® program, enabling SSD makers to select the right partners and equipment for product development, testing and validation.

* IDC “Worldwide Solid State Storage 2013 – 2017 Forecast and Analysis,” doc # 240871, May 2013