Sonics, Inc. announced that its Chinese customer, Starblaze Technology, has reached volume production in TSMC’s 28HPC process technology with the STAR1000 solid-state storage device (SSD) controller system-on-chip (SoC). Starblaze Technology used Sonics’ flagship SonicsGN NoC as the integration fabric for more than 60 cores in the design. STAR1000 is a high-end client and entry-level enterprise storage SSD controller designed to deliver maximum flexibility and high performance with minimal power consumption, while meeting new security requirements for the SSD market.
“The world’s top Internet companies are using Starblaze Technology’s SSD chips inside storage products at their personal computers and later at their enterprise storage like data centers to accelerate information exchanges,” said Grant Pierce, CEO of Sonics. “Starblaze Technology chose SonicsGN because they wanted rapid integration capabilities coupled with high-performance on-chip communication. We congratulate Starblaze Technology for reaching volume production success and continue to look for new ways to support them. We hope to add our Energy Processing Unit product family to their design arsenal for future SSD chips as it is now integrated with our partner Moortec’s temperature sensors also used in the STAR1000. Dynamic energy management enabled by these complementary technologies promises to further reduce power consumption for Starblaze Technology’s storage customers.”
“Our SoC integration technology had to be flexible enough to adapt quickly while delivering enterprise-class performance to meet the requirements of the evolving SSD market,” said Sky Shen, CEO of Starblaze Technology. “Sonics provided the combination of NoC technology leadership, optimized features, and a 20-year track record of customer success to meet our requirements.”