October 13, 2022

NplusT is proud to announce the general availability of NanoCycler HS24, an upgraded version of the HS20. Using HS24, our partners are able to characterize the array performance, power consumption and interface timing of every NAND device at its highest operational speed, with full coverage of the ONFi 5.0 specification. HS24 is available for BGA132, BGA152 and BGA154 packages.

HS24 maintains all advanced features of the NanoCycler family: characterization in the full range of speed-temperature-voltage conditions, at extreme accuracy and flexibility. HS24 is software compatible with the HS16 and HS20 product versions.

 

 



June 7, 2022

NplusT announces it has been granted a new patent entitled “Sistema per la caratterizzazione di memorie non volatili” (“Non-volatile Memories Characterization System”).
The patented technology expands upon the company’s intellectual property rights relating to non-volatile memory testing and characterization and has been successfully integrated into the NanoCycler test system.

Thanks to its proprietary architecture, NanoCycler proves to be the leading solution for the industry’s most demanding NAND characterization needs, providing outstanding scalability (from single-socket development station until multiples of 84-socket racks), full, per-package independency for test execution and temperature control, cutting edge performance with data transfer up to 2.0GT/sec (2.4GT/sec coming soon) and an overall unmatched feature-rich hardware and software solution; to help SSD developers to increase lifetime and reliability of their products.



April 4, 2022

The MOCCA 2021 has been assigned to the TenaFe NAND Characterization Team, lead by Curry Zhang & Sean Huang.
NplusT grants MOCCA (MOst Creative Customer Award) to users of NplusT products and services who leverage the most of the features and performance of such products making use of innovative approaches.

Tamas Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT:
“I am really happy to see the level of understanding of the NAND, what Tenafe reached using NanoCycler. Curry with his team have developed a powerful infrastructure on top of the API provided with NanoCycler, and are using it efficiently to generate the necessary data and knowledge. This is the first time that MOCCA goes to China – I am extremely pleased about that, as I see a very fast evolution in technology and knowledge. The Chinese storage industry is evolving very fast, it is one of our strategic market targets: today we have several users of our products and technologies in China.

Curry Zhang, Senior Validation Manager of TenaFe:
“We’ve used NplusT NanoCycler for over 2 years, with the main purpose of NAND characterization, collecting data for our media management algorithm. As an SSD controller company, we need to adopt NAND from different vendors. Although we have our own controller and silicon, NanoCycler is still very helpful as a 3rd party tool. We use it frequently, every month, almost every week, for these reasons:

  • It has powerful NAND command API: we can development testsuites on top of; and it is flexible enough to support all kinds of NAND. When we get a new NAND, we only need 1 or 2 days to bring it up on NanoCycler, then we can start collecting the data we want;
  • It is very stable, we usually run it for weeks;
  • It has its own temperature control system, which is very impressive: we can easily and automatically control NAND temperature as whatever we want, for example erase and program in 30°C, read in 70°C, and we don’t even need to have a chamber to do so;
  • Within the last 2 years, we finished NAND characterization of more than 8 different NAND types from various vendors;
  • Last thing and most importantly, engineers of NplusT are nice and professional: we communicated a lot and they always gave us quick responses and an efficient support.”



March 15, 2022

NplusT released the latest member of the NanoCycler family, the HS20 BGA152. This tester is the first on the market reaching the 2,000 MT/sec data exchange rate between tester and NAND devices.

“SSD performance is increasing tremendously and NAND vendors are keeping pace. SSD makers need to characterize the NAND in conditions as much similar as possible like the NAND will work in the final application, including interface speed. Reaching the 2.0GT/sec transfer rate is an important milestone of our roadmap, ensuring our customers to apply solid, proven solutions in the right time. We are continuing our development and we plan to release further enhancements reflecting the ONFI 5 standard like the BGA154 package support, the new LP-NVDDR4 protocol and also reaching 2.4 GT/sec and beyond – said Tamas Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT.

NanoCycler HS20 Tester Unit



January 10, 2022

NplusT took part in the workshop titled “Finding the way of solving reliability issues of the next generation NAND flash memories”, organized by CCF YOCSEF Shanghai (China Computer Federation, Young Computer Scientists Engineers Forum) and held the December 18, 2021.

The meeting was a great occasion to exchange experience and ideas by several industry and academic experts.
Tamas Kerekes presented the paper “NAND Characterization for ONFI5 and Beyond”. The integral version is available at this link.



December 6, 2021

NplusT delivered 3 large size NanoCycler HS equipment to an important Chinese customer.

Based on its innovative architecture, the system allows to execute up to 252 fully independent tests, including package level thermal control, on NAND memories at the same time. The communication speed with the devices under test reaches 1.6 GT/sec on two channels in parallel, with zero-overhead pattern generation and pattern matching.

These equipments – being able to test the latest and future generation of NAND devices – aim at enhancing the customer’s development flow in the implementation of data centers and high-performance storage applications.

Tamas Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT declared: “When building the equipment, we had to face the serious challenge of the component shortage. Our engineering team provided an excellent answer: the necessary design changes further improved system performance. We have been able to design, qualify, manufacture and test in a really short time. Now, our expectation is to see our customer executing efficiently their characterization and sorting tasks, we will provide them all necessary support. The delivery of these equipment also represents an important milestone to increase our presence in China, which is our fastest growing market today.”



November 20, 2019

NplusT is participating in the 2nd open call for Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments in the framework of TETRAMAX, the #1 innovation hub for digitizing European industries in the domain of customized and low-energy computing (CLEC).

Tamas Kerekes presented the technology transfer project “HS-CHAR: High Speed Characterization of Mass Storage Devices”, which is being developed together with PCB Design, during the annual TETRAMAX Partners Meeting, held in Aachen on September 26.

TETRAMAX is proving to be a very efficient vehicle to promote small size projects, as Tamas said:

“Let me share you about my experience and consideration about the TETRAMAX projects and in particular about the call related to the bilateral technology transfer.

My company is a small SME working in the semiconductor/electronics industry. We spend more than half of our engineering resources on R&D. Even so, we cannot develop all technology we need by ourselves and we need to access technology of others. Contributions of national and EU funding are extremely useful to support our business growth. There are many calls and opportunities. On the other hand, we don’t have all resources to monitor and select the calls, even less to write many applications (a typical Sunday night task). So we need to focus on the opportunities where either: 1) the success rate is very good and the funded amount is high or: 2) the preparation of the application requires a reasonable amount of work. In both cases, the fast turnaround time (from application to final reporting and cashing) has to be short.

From this point of view, I consider TETRAMAX our best experience:

  • We have been advised about the opportunity by a TETRAMAX partner, without the need to monitor and study.
  • The preparation of the application is easy – of course once we have the content. We need to provide only the important data in a condensed way. I think this is a winning approach from the evaluation side as well.
  • The contracting procedure is easy again.

I warmly suggest TETRAMAX to other SMEs and I hope it will be a long success story!”


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