The newest installation of a flash storage card from Swissbit combines the CompactFlash form factor with a SATA interface. The single-level-cell (SLC) F-200 series CFast card features capacity between 2 GB and 64 GB. With TRIM command, the card can achieve up to 600 IOPS for 4k write and read/write speeds of up to 130 MB/s with a maximum power consumption of 0.9 W. Compatible with ATA7 and ATA8, it boasts a SATA II (Spec 2.6) interface.
In order to eliminate problems related to unexpected storage failures, Swissbit has equipped the power fail safe F-200 series with a self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART) protocol and lifetime monitoring. Designed to provide rugged storage for embedded and industrial systems, the cards can withstand shock, vibration, extreme temperatures (-40°C to +85°C), and high altitude. The F-200 series attains its high level of reliability through wear leveling; read disturb management; and the BCH-ECC unit, which can correct up to 24 bits per 1024 bytes.
The cards will be available in August 2012. For more information, visit Swissbit.
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.