STEC, Inc. has rolled out the MACH16 Slim SATA SSD, providing an enterprise-class memory solution for the embedded market. The device provides high data integrity, endurance, and reliability for ruggedized, space-constrained systems.
The embedded systems market is exploding. “We estimate that the market for intelligent embedded systems is over 1.8 billion units and over $1 trillion in revenue today, and will double to nearly 4 billion units and over $2 trillion in revenue by 2015," says Jeff Janukowicz, research director for solid-state storage at IDC.
In the midst of this upturn, system designers find themselves trapped by conflicting requirements. “System designers face the challenge of having to do more with less,” says Scott Phillips, senior manager, product marketing for STEC. “They have to fit a processor, memory, and storage all on a board design that’s not much bigger than a 2.5-inch hard drive and embed it somewhere.”
The MACH16 Slim SATA SSD allows designers to shrink the total storage footprint by 60% while consuming up to 70% less power than an HDD or conventional SSD. The device’s compact design, combined with low power consumption, supports an industry trend toward COTS small-format system boards targeted for OEM embedded designs, Phillips notes.
STEC’s SSD offers user capacities of 25 GB and 50 GB. The device supports sustained performance up to 245 MB/s for sequential 128-K read operations and up to 150 MB/s for sequential 128-K write operations. The solution targets a range of embedded applications such as network and telecommunication systems, military vehicles, rugged PCs, gaming systems, ATMs, point-of-sale machines, GPS systems, vehicle infotainment systems, data loggers, and medical equipment.
The MACH16 Slim SATA SSDs are equipped with STEC’s Secure Array of Flash Elements (SAFE) Technology, which adds parity inside the SSD; protects against loss of data due to NAND flash page, block, die, and chip failures; rebuilds lost data and automatically relocates it to good sectors; and improves mean time between failure (MTBF) and mean time to data loss (MTTDL).
Additional key features:
Data-path protection and advanced error code correction
Predictive read optimization
Instant data backup and recovery in the event of an unplanned power failure
I was really impressed by a previous EET article by STEC explaining their approach to reliability engineering. When I used their email for on their site to check price and availability, or who manufactures with their technology, they proved to me that like most companies, if you just want one, they ain't got no time for you. Still convinced their technology may be the best even compared to Intel's.
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