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Seagate invests in chip design firm eASIC

Posted: 07 Aug 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:eASIC  Seagate  solid state drives  FLASH 

eASIC Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, has received strategic investment by Seagate Technology.

In addition to the equity investment, eASIC and Seagate also are exploring opportunities to jointly develop custom silicon solutions for Seagate's portfolio of solid state drives (SSDs).

As FLASH memory continues to evolve at a rapid pace from 2 bits per cell, 1xnm (MLC) to 3 bits per cell 1xnm (TLC) and the industry continues to adopt a wide variety of host interfaces such as PCI Express, NVMe and SoP (SCSI over PCI Express), Seagate and eASIC seek to deliver high-performance, low-cost and low-power SSD solutions for the consumer, enterprise and cloud computing.

"eASIC has demonstrated innovative custom silicon technology with our industry-leading solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs)," said Rocky Pimentel, chief sales and marketing officer at Seagate. "eASIC's ability to quickly develop custom differentiated solutions while meeting stringent cost, power and performance requirements will enable us to rapidly deliver storage solutions and improve our product position in both SSD and SSHD's."

"We are extremely excited to be working with one of the world leaders in storage technology," said Ronnie Vasishta, President and CEO of eASIC. "Seagate has an exceptional history in bringing world class technology and innovation to the storage market. Using our eASIC Nextreme-3 28nm single via configuration technology will help Seagate to bring storage innovation at a pace not yet seen in this industry."

Santa Clara-headquartered eASIC provides new ASIC devices aimed at dramatically reducing the overall cost and time-to-production of customised semiconductor devices. Low-cost, high-performance and fast-turn ASIC and system-on-chip designs are enabled through patented technology utilising Via-layer customisable routing. This fabric allows eASIC to offer a new generation of ASICs with significantly lower up-front costs than traditional ASICs.





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