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Appeared on: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
JEDEC to Set Solid State Drive Standards in 2009

JEDEC is inviting companies worldwide to participate in standards development work being conducted by JEDEC?s JC-64.8 subcommittee for Solid State Drives.

In May 2008, the subcommittee, co-chaired by Seagate and Micron, held its first meeting to address the standards development needs of the emerging SSD market. JEDEC said that since then work has advanced at a rapid pace and a task group of the subcommittee recently held a face-to-face meeting hosted by Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Meeting participants developed an outline of critical areas for SSD standardization, including endurance, retention, BER/UBER (bit error rate/uncorrectable bit error rate), environmental/temperature, capacity, reliability e.t.c

"It?s clear that the industry must adopt comprehensive standards for solid state drives to ensure complete confidence in the quality and reliability of SSDs," said Mian Quddus, Chairman of the JEDEC Board of Directors. He added, "JEDEC is bringing companies from all over the world together to collaborate on the SSD standards development in a time-efficient manner."

While work has commenced, JEDEC believes that significant portions of key proposed documents need to be created without delay in order to meet the pressing need for comprehensive SSD standards.

Work will involve various JC-64 subcommittees, JEDEC committees JC-11, JC-14 and JC-16, and external standards organizations such as the T10 and T13 technical committees of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), The International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and others.

JC-64.8 will begin holding face-to-face meetings nearly every month beginning in January, following a regularly scheduled committee meeting on December 1, 2008.

JEDEC strongly encourages all interested parties to contact the JEDEC office to become involved with SSD standards development.


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