F9 - Industrial CompactFlash, CF card and PATA Solid State Disk (SSD) controller

The Hyperstone F9 family of Flash Memory Controllers together with provided application and Flash specific firmware offers an easy-to-use turnkey platform for industrial, high-endurance CompactFlash cards or memory modules compatible to host systems with CompactFlash™, IDE or PATA interfaces.

  • Designed to fully satisfy industrial reliability, endurance, and feature requirements
  • hyReliability™ Flash Management including superior wear leveling, read disturb management, and power fail management ensuring highest reliability and durability
  • hyMap® Flash Translation Layer (FTL) offering second to none random write performance, minimal write amplification, and consequently highest endurance for random access heavy usage profiles
  • Flexible 96-Bit/1K BCH ECC engine supporting all Flash Memory requirements
  • Optimized 32-Bit RISC core, extended instruction set for Flash Memory handling
  • Continuously updated Flash Memory chip support and long term availability
  • High performance on-the-fly AES 128 and 256 encryption engine
  • Custom features can be implemented with simple firmware upgrades
  • Turnkey solution including firmware, manufacturing kit, test and development hardware, as well as reference schematics
  • 16 GPIOs for customer specific applications supporting SPI, I2C and ISO7816 or additional flash CE
  • Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Development Kit (SDK) to develop own Custom Firmware Extensions (CFE)

Target Application

  • High reliability & industrial Compact FlashTM Cards (CFC)
  • IDE Disk-on-Module (DoM)
  • Multi-Chip-Package (MCP)
  • PCMCIA or ATA PC cards
  • Embedded Flash - Disk-on-Board

Order Information

  • F9-ILAT06 --- TQFP-128, 14x14x1.0mm, 8 CEs, RoHS, -40 to +85 °C
  • F9-RAB07 --- TFBGA-144, 10.4x10.4x1.1mm, 16 CEs, 7816 UART, API, RoHS, -40 to +85 °C
  • F9-RAB06 --- TFBGA-124, 9 x 9 x 1.2 mm, 8 CEs, RoHS, -40 to +85 °C
  • F9-0ABD0 --- Tested Die / Wafer


Controller & CPU

  • High performance 32-Bit Hyperstone RISC microprocessor
  • Large internal RAM provides firmware flexibility
  • Multiplexed GPIO options include up to 16 and 12 GPIOs - SPI, I2C, 8x CE or ISO7816 - for Die and F9-RAB07, respectively
  • Interface logic to connect an NTC thermistor as a temperature sensor
  • Unique ID for security applications
  • AES-128 and AES-256 support with CBC and XTS modes, high performance on-the-fly encryption/decryption
  • Hardware RNG
  • Flexible clock frequency generation through internal oscillator and PLL
  • Automatic power-down mode during wait periods for host data or Flash Memory operation completion, automatic sleep mode during host inactivity periods
  • On-chip switching voltage regulator for 1.2V controller core power
  • Supply voltage 3.3V ± 5%
  • Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Development Kit (SDK)


  • Fully compliant with CompactFlash™
    4.1, 5.0 and compatible to 6.1 specifications
  • Sequential read up to 120 MB/s
  • Sequential write up to 120 MB/s
  • Secure Erase and Sanitize support
  • S.M.A.R.T. and health monitoring
  • -40 to +85 °C industrial grade version


Host Interface & Compliance

  • PC-Card 8.0 (PC-Card ATA), CF 6.1 standard compatible
  • ATA-7 standard compatible in True-IDE mode
  • Fast ATA host-to-buffer transfer rates supporting PIO mode 6, MDMA mode 4, UDMA mode 6 in True-IDE mode
  • 5V tolerant host interface I/O
  • Compatible to PCMCIA specification version 2.1
  • Automatic sensing of PC-Card or True-IDE host interface mode
  • Configurable as removable and fixed drive
  • S.M.A.R.T., Sanitize, and Secure Erase support
  • Configurable Early-Acknowledge to avoid any data loss during power fail support is possible

Flash Memory Interface Handling

  • Direct Flash Memory Access (DFA) co-processor incl. page buffers and interleaving capability
  • DDR interface compliant with Toggle DDR and ONFI 2.3, compatible with all DDR Flash Memory devices
  • Asynchronous SDR interface, ONFI 1.0 compliant compatible with all legacy interface Flashes
  • 2-Channels with data transfer rate to Flash up to 200 MB/s each
  • Flexible 96-Bit/1K BCH ECC engine supporting all Flashes
  • CRC for additional reliability
  • Direct connection of up to 8 Flash Memory chip enables (CE) additional 8 CE multiplexed with GPIO
  • Flash Memory power down logic and write protect control
  • Supporting all Flash technologies including 3D and pSLC modes
  • On-chip voltage regulator for 1.8V Flash Memory I/O power

Flash Memory Management

  • hyReliability™ Flash Memory Management optimizing reliability, power fail safety, endurance, data retention, and performance
  • hyMap® Flash Translation Layer (FTL) offering second to none random write performance, minimal write amplification, and consequently highest endurance for random access heavy usage profiles
  • Optimized for fast boot-up times
  • Bad Block Management
  • Static, Dynamic and Global Wear leveling to maximize system write endurance
  • Intelligent garbage collection
  • Read Disturb Management and Dynamic Data Refresh to maximize data retention
  • Management of sudden power-fails
  • Interleaving, cache, and multi-plane programming
  • Firmware is stored redundantly for recovery and refresh
  • In-Field Firmware update without user data loss
  • Secure erase, fast erase and secure TRIM
  • Health-Monitoring and S.M.A.R.T. support
  • Customized firmware, optimizations and feature implementations possible upon request.