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Ultra Drive GX, GX2 Firmware 2030 release

Postby SSD-James » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:38 am

STT recently released new firmware 2030. (7/16/2010)
But some of 128GB / 256GB drives are not on the updater list.
We are still working on that issue. (101102 and 100102 issue) ==> Issues were cleared now.
New Updater including 101102 and 100102 is not uploaded on 8/10/2010


For old firmware users like 18xx and older, it is recommend to update the firmware becuase the old firmware does not use the better wear leveling algorithm so that the SSD would generate more bad blocks earlier than we expect.
What it means is that you may see some data corruption from time to time and you may see some blue screen if that bad blocks are related to OS arena.

It is strongly recommended to use single partition and multiple folders with ULTRA GX/GX2 users.
For the server users using HBA or RAID cards, you may need to refer to our sales contact to see if it is compatible.


Some of you already know that Indilinx controller firmware updater is not working at non-Intel (NVidia, AMD) chipsets. I mean south bridge chipset.
But, 1916W is working on those chipsets becuase 1916W is running on windows OS. (Sorry Vista users)

You may see 101102.exe / 100102.exe are missing message.

For those drives, we will support it later. Send us the private message for this case using the ROTUM topics.
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Postby Da_G » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:41 pm

Something I noticed:

Other: Update Maximum PE cycles value as following. Samsung 5x nm NAND : 10k 鈥?gt; 5k,
Samsung 4x nm NAND : 10k 鈥?gt; 3k, Intel/Micron 3x nm NAND : 10k 鈥?gt; 5k, Hynix 41nm : 10k 鈥?gt;
5k, Hynix 32nm : 5k 鈥?gt; 3k

If I understand right PE Cycles means "Program/Erase Cycles" - so in other words, this firmware update reduces the expected lifetime of the NAND by 40% to 60%?!?

Was some problem discovered with lifetime of the NAND parts?
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Postby SSD-James » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:33 am

Old INDILIX firmware (up to 1916) used to use a contant number of 10K for any kinds of NAND flash chips.
From 2030 firmware, Indilinx redesigned the constant number to the right number for each NAND combinations.
SLC and each MLC P/E numbers will be corrected at FW2030.
That is why you see the different number of PE now.
You may see the change log which is bundled with 2030 FW now.
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Postby ffamas » Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:38 pm

I have 2 FTM32GX25H ssd's. Updater gives their ID as 051302.exe.

I have updated both to fw 1916w without issue.

When I try to update either to fw 2030 using an intel ICH9R based rig or an amd 790fx/sb750 based rig, I get same faliure notice on both pc's: "BAD COMMAND OR FILENAME 051302".

Unless I misread guide, these GX2's should accept 2030, right?
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Postby SSD-James » Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:31 pm

Dear,
Per your part number information, you should have run GX firmware updater.
But you have run GX2 firmware.That is why had that message.
051302 is in the GX firmware updater.
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Postby ffamas » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:59 am

James,

So my drives are FTM32GX25H and are GX.

Just curious, what would a GX2 model number be?
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Postby SSD-James » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:29 pm

In GX2, we do not have that number.
The SSD code is the combination of Flash NAND chips + Channel number + Cache memory sie.
In GX2, there is no that NAND chips so that it cannot find the code in GX2 model firmware updater.
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Postby ffamas » Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:37 am

Worked perfect.

Thanks James
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Postby gol70 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:28 pm

It is possible to switch off Garbage Collection in this firmware?

regards,
Gregory
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Postby SSD-James » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:06 pm

Garbage collection feature is embedded in the firmware so that you may not switch off the garbage collection.
When we release the next firmware release, we will definitely consider the non-GC firmware.
It sometimes makes sense for the Windows 7 users.
But, for VISTA/XP users, it is more meaningful to have the GC.
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