M-Systems released its newest solid-state flash disk, the IDE 4000, offering the most affordable flash-based memory solution for telecommunications, public safety and transportation markets. With an ATA interface in 2.5" and 1.8" slim disk casings and capacities up to 4 gigabytes, the IDE 4000 addresses the trend of storage in these markets moving to smaller form-factors as they migrate from conventional hard disk drives. Mission critical systems found in the telecom, public safety and transportation sectors require reliable technology. Down time is not an option. The IDE 4000 provides high data integrity by complying with NEBS level-3 and operates at high altitudes, extreme shocks and vibrations at industrial temperature ranges. In addition to savings in maintenance costs compared to a mechanical hard drive, the entry-level cost of IDE 4000 also serves to improve overall value (and margins) for products integrating this product. The IDE 4000 is a state-of-the-art solid-state flash disk, designed as a drop-in replacement for mechanical hard disks and supports both programmed input/output (PIO) and direct memory access (DMA) hard disks transfer modes. M-systems Ltd, kfar Sba 44425, Israel,
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.