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What's wrong with CNEX Labs, which let Huawei lose the lawsuit?

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CNEX mainly provides innovative storage semiconductor and software solutions to develop revolutionary NVMe and open channels in collaboration with solid-state storage manufacturers, data centers and system customers.SSDThe controller ASIC chip provides high performance and predictable delay, scalability and flexibility for high performance defined storage for software. CNEX controller chip is the key to accelerate the computing and analysis function of big data in the next generation cloud, super-large scale and enterprise data center.

There is only one line on the home page of CNEX Labs's website: "A new data world."

The technology of CNEX provides a new business model for SSD market, which can store and store for enterprises.The serverIt also provides services for large-scale data centers and cloud computing platforms. CNEX has designed a new architecture of traditional SSD controller, and its key SSD design capabilities enable these customers to customize SSD according to their own needs, while reducing their exposure to periodic fluctuations in SSD supply.

CNEX's SSD controller technology includes a highly programmable interface for flash memory, allowing the same controller to work with multiple types of NAND; flexible Flash Transfer Layer (FTL) control (based on on on-disk master or host), which can more easily optimize different types of workloads; proprietary hardware supporting key functions Accelerate.

These technologies enable large-capacity SSD users to customize their drives to provide higher throughput, lower power consumption and better QoS (quality of service, with low and predictable latency), while achieving better cost control.

In the second year of CNEX (2014),DELLTechnological capital participates in the round A financing of CNEX.

In 2016, CNEX completed its B-round financing, which totaled nearly $40 million.

In March 2017, the C round of financing, led by Microsoft Ventures, was completed, bringing the total amount of financing to $60 million.

On October 10 of the same year, CNEX announced that it had raised more than $23 million in D-round financing from an investment group led by Dell Technologies Capital, an early investor.

CNEX's strategic investors also include M12.MicrosoftVenture funds (leading CNEX's C-round financing), major semiconductor factories, large storage and network semiconductor companies and other new and existing strategic investors. Other investors involved in this round include Sierra Ventures, Walden Venture Investments, Brightstone Venture Capital, etc.

It should be pointed out that in 2017HUAWEIYiren Huang and CNEX were sued in court for breaching the non-competition agreement and stealing trade secrets. Then CNEX countersued Huawei, calling it "stealing secret".

Last Wednesday, a U.S. court jury found that Huawei had tried to steal trade secrets despite Yiren Huang's breach of the competition agreement. Therefore, the jury did not award damages to either party.

In an interview at the adjournment, CNEX co-founder Alan Armstrong said, "The Texas jury gave Huawei a painful lesson. Although our company is small, we won through hard work, which will send a strong signal to Huawei."

At present, Huawei has not responded to the verdict.

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