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Burlywood Exits Stealth with Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology Award at Flash Memory Summit
[August 10, 2017]

Burlywood Exits Stealth with Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology Award at Flash Memory Summit

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Burlywood TrueFlash™ is the industry's first modular controller architecture that accelerates time-to-market of new NAND adoption while delivering disruptive cost and performance benefits to cloud, all-flash-array, and hyper-converged OEM customers.

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With the insatiable demand for more flash storage at lower costs, NAND nodes are accelerating faster than SSD controller capabilities.  The traditional SOC+FW qualification model cannot keep up and provide time-to-market costs benefits.  "Today's controllers are built ahead of the NAND with limited flexibility for custom solutions that can take advantage of the faster 3D NAND innovation cycle," said Tod Earhart, CEO Burlywood. "Even in the case where SSD companies manufacture their own controller and NAND, they are not immune to delays in controller re-spins or additional firmware delays."

"The advances of NAND flash technolog have hit the market by storm with greater bit density at lower cost but advances in SSD controller capabilities has lagged behind," said Jay Kramer, Chairman of the Awards Program and President of Network Storage Advisors Inc. "We are proud to select Burlywood TrueFlash™ for the Best of Show Technology Innovation Award as it is the industry's first modular controller architecture with the flexibility to integrate with new NAND technology for a total solution that can be deployed in flash storage arrays for a variety of implementations including hyperconverged and cloud infrastructure."

Built on the latest Xilinx UltraScale+™ FPGA, Burlywood's TrueFlash™ takes advantage of Xilinx's programmability, performance, and flexibility to optimize solutions for both NAND and applications. Customers can now qualify multiple NAND types using the same controller in weeks, versus quarters. "We are excited to collaborate with Burlywood to service the growing demand for higher-density and cost-effective flash solutions for data center applications," said Manish Muthal, Vice President, Data Center Business at Xilinx.

About Burlywood
Burlywood's history and IP stem from storage controller technology that was built to manage high defect and high error rate media. With decades of storage controller expertise, the Burlywood team has built an architecture that allows for rapid integration of customer specified requirements across interfaces, protocols, FTL, QoS, capacity, flash types, and form-factor.

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