LITE-ON Sets Ship Date for Project Denali Compliant SSDs

, an established leader in the rapidly expanding solid-state
drive (SSD) industry, revealed today it will ship its first storage
drive supporting the recently-approved Project Denali 1.0 specification
this summer.

Announced at the 2019 Open
Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit
in San Jose, Calif., LITE-ON
said its new Open Channel AD2 series SSD, built in collaboration with
CNEX Labs, developer of a transformative architecture for SSD
controllers, will give data center organizations a powerful option for
improving performance and reducing costs related to cloud and
enterprise-based workloads.

“We’ve been at this for quite a while, and with recent progress building
out the Project Denali spec, we believe we’ll be ready to
ship in the second quarter of this year,” said Darlo Perez, Managing
Director of the Americas region for LITE-ON. “For our customers, this
should mean massive potential improvements in quality of service (QoS)
for cloud computing and enterprise storage. We couldn’t be more excited.”

“LITE-ON is advanced in applying the latest technology to improve its
SSD capabilities for customers, and its work with CNEX’s high
performance Denali and NVMe SSD controller to introduce Project Denali
SSDs is no exception,” said Justin Heindel, Vice President of Marketing
and Business Development at CNEX Labs. “Project Denali SSDs will provide
a powerful tool for next-generation enterprise and cloud storage
infrastructure to achieve unprecedented flexibility for performance and
cost optimizations in a variety of workloads.”

Project Denali is a standardization and evolution of Open Channel SSD
technology that defines the roles of SSD versus that of the host in a
standard interface, according
to Microsoft
. Media management, error correction, mapping of bad
blocks and other functionality specific to the flash generation stays on
the device while the host receives random writes, transmits streams of
sequential writes, maintains the address map, and performs garbage
collection. The technology is highly effective in installations that
have Field-Programmable
Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
or microcontrollers to provide SSD aggregation
and storage offload functionality.

Backers of Project Denali believe this storage architecture advancement
could greatly reduce costs for SSD deployment, improve performance,
making these drives more useful and cost-effective for both enterprise
organizations and cloud service providers.

LITE-ON will also showcase its next-generation form factor, EDSFF
(Enterprise & Datacenter SSD Form Factor) SSD
, the AD5 16TB,
which it built in concert with CNEX
. This new solution delivers storage density, system design
flexibility, thermal efficiency, scalable performance and easy
maintenance with front-load hot swap capabilities. The hardware design
also supports low-latency, 3D TLC and low-cost QLC NAND flash based
depending on customer cloud applications.

To see any of LITE-ON’s solutions or to learn more, please visit Booth
C7 at the San Jose Convention Center and come hear LITE-ON Storage
Principal Engineer, Jeffery Chang’s presentation at the OCP event at
1:10 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

About LITE-ON Storage

A Strategic Business Group of LITE-ON Technology Corporation, LITE-ON
Storage is a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing
of Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for PC Client, Industrial Solutions,
Automotive, Enterprise and Cloud Computing.

Available in a variety of interfaces and form factors to deliver the
right product for the right application, LITE-ON SSD solutions are
highly customizable using industry-leading key components. Designed for
innovation, built for quality, and chosen for performance, all LITE-ON
SSDs are 100% manufactured in-house utilizing state-of-the art
facilities in Taiwan. Additional information about LITE-ON can be found

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Christine Hsing
OEM Global Marketing Manager
LITE-ON Storage