The 10 Coolest Storage Startups Of 2014
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NxGn Joins Crowded SSD Market
CEO: Nader Salessi
Startup SSD manufacturer NxGn in July came out of stealth mode with plans to build SSDs based on its own high-performance controller. Founded by SSD veterans from sTec and Western Digital, the company is targeting hyperscale and cloud computing providers with SSDs that comply with the M.2 standard for use on small-form-factor cards.
The company's controller uses LDPC (low-density parity check) code in conjunction with low-cost consumer-grade flash chips to provide enterprise-quality reads and writes for such applications as cold storage, in which data is taken off the fastest storage medium when not being accessed but then moved back to high-speed mediums when needed.