A rugged single-level-cell (SLC) SSD reaches a data rate of up to 240 MB/s and 14,500 IOPS with 4 k random accesses. The X 500 Series from Swissbit operates in the industrial temperature range and offers shock and vibration resistance, making it ideal for aerospace, medical, transportation and industrial automation applications.
Available in up to 512-GB densities, the 2.5-in. drive also features up to 200 MB/s sequential write speeds with a maximum power consumption of 5 W. Additional features include ATA-8, NCQ and TRIM support to enable higher IOPS, along with extended-lifetime monitoring tools, power-fail protection and error-correction code to ensure data reliability. The SSD also will be available as an optimized endurance-managed multi-level- cell (EM-MLC) version this summer.
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.