Seagate, a well-known storage solutions company, and DensBits, a not-so-well-known company who is touted as the inventor of the first "Memory Modem," have teamed up to make worse SSDs better. The "Memory Modem" is a special SSD controller that apparently improves performance of lower-priced SSDs by quite a bit. Seagate invested a not-released amount of money in DensBits so they could use this "revolutionary" controller with their own SSDs. With it, Seagate can take lower-priced flash memory and make it performance like higher-priced flash memory.
Seagate's chief sales and marketing officer, Rocky Pimentel, said:
DensBits' memory controller will be used with 1Xnm TLC (triple level cell) NAND memory for consumers, and 1Xnm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND memory for enterprise drives. Like I said, the basic idea is to throw DensBits' controller on lower-priced NAND memory to make performance better while driving costs down. According to OCZ wholesale prices, TLC memory per gigabyte is $2.40 cheaper than SLC (single level cell) memory, and $0.30 cheaper than MLC memory. SLC memory is priced (wholesale) at $3.00/gigabyte, with MLC and TLC priced at $0.90 and $0.60, respectively.
Read the press release here.