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In solid-state storage, SLC (single-level cell) is generally reserved for high performance, long-lived enterprise drives. MLC (multi-level cell) is its cheaper, consumer-grade cousin — good for netbooks and mobile devices but not something you’d want to use in a server. Now comes Anobit, a startup from Israel, to shake things up with claims that it has achieved SLC-like reliability with MLC chips. We won’t know for sure until its SSD is put through its paces, but if it lives up to the hype, it could usher in a new class of cheap (relatively speaking) and energy-saving storage arrays for data centers.