With the Industrial SATA II SSD (solid state drive) of the X 500 Series, Swissbit AG is extending its industrial 2.5" SSD product line. The storage solution achieves a data rate on SATA II of up to 260 MB/s and an impressive 15,000 IOPS with 4k random accesses. Added to this are such features as NCQ, TRIM, the ATA security set, and in-field update. To ensure the absolute reliability of the power fail protected X 500 Series, Swissbit combines sophisticated mechanisms and augments these with the S.M.A.R.T. (self-monitoring, analysis and reporting technology) protocol, the lifetime monitoring tool or SDK and an efficient BCH-ECC (error correction code) unit.
The X-500 Series is available in storage densities from 16 GB to 512 GB as SLC (single level cell) and in MLC (multi level cell) versions. For demanding applications, the SLC solution guarantees data preservation of 10 years, the MLC version five years according to the JEDEC standard. The X-500 SSDs can be used in a temperature range from -40 to 85°C and afford a high level of shock and vibration resistance.
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.