Santa Ana, Calif. Simple Technology's solid-state flash disk modules offer a transparent design, replacing or augmenting conventional IDE hard-disk drives by leveraging from a miniature module footprint that allows the products to be used as components in the embedded systems.
The modules are available with 40 pins (100-mil spacing), for similar functionality to 2.5-inch hard-disk drives; 44 pins (2-mm spacing), for similar functionality to 3.5-inch drives; and 144 pins. They plug in to the existing IDE connector style and are said to require no modification to the software at the operating system or drivers, since they adhere to the ATA/IDE standard. Storage capacity of up to 1 Gbyte is available.
The units can be used for set-up boxes, network computers, PDAs, cellular telephones, MP3 players, digital cameras, thin client systems and other digital handheld devices.
Other applications include medical and industrial applications such as global-positioning systems and industrial measurement devices. The product line is currently available through Simple Technology's OEM Division, Silicontech. Prices range from $1.50 to $1.75 per Mbyte.
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