January 27, 2023

NplusT was featured on the 68th issue of HiPEAC magazine with an article on the 2nd FTTE project POP-LEC, for the optimization of the power consumption of CPS/ IoT devices, developed in the SMART4ALL H2020 framework and currently in its advanced industrialization stage.

Tamás Kerekes, president and CEO of NplusT, explains how the the company teamed up with Hungarian design house PCB Design to build the equipment prototype.

The complete issue is available at this link.



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.

 

 



July 1, 2022

NplusT participated at the HiPEAC 2022 conference, held in Budapest, Hungary, June 20-22.

Tamás Kerekes presented the paper “POP-LEC Power Optimization of Low Energy Computing Devices before Prototyping”, at the workshop “SMART4ALL – Capacity Building among European Stakeholders”. POP-LEC is a running project funded by the SMART4ALL program FTTE 2nd Call, the technology transfer targeting an innovative product which helps IoT developers to accelerate their time to market. The partner company in this technology transfer is PCB Design, Hungary. The presentation can be viewed at this link.

The conference offered also the possibility to present a poster related to the previously executed HS-CHAR project, supported by the TETRAMAX program.



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 24, 2022

Low power consumption might be a mission-critical requirement in IoT applications. Early understanding of the power profile can accelerate time-to-market and reduce long and expensive iteration cycles. It is even more important considering that the power strongly depends not only on the electronic circuitry but on the device management algorithms as well.

POP-LEC (POwer Profiler for Low Energy Computing) aims at helping those developers who need to optimize their algorithms in order to reduce power consumption. It can be applied in the very early development stage, before the construction of the industrialized prototype. The POP-LEC environment provides a hardware and software platform where the algorithms to be validated can be executed, and integrates a high performance current profiling instrument.

“POP-LEC presents an exciting opportunity to enter a new market segment, merging our technology and knowledge of semiconductor testing with the technology transferred from our partner, PCB Design” – said Nicoletta Casini, CFO, coordinator of the POP-LEC project.

POP-LEC is being developed in the frame of the 2nd call of SMART4ALL FTTE (Focus Technology Transfer Experiment) with the collaboration of PCB Design.



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


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