SMART Modular Technologies, has announced the Xcel-200 2.5” SATA solid state drive (SSD). The Xcel-200 is the latest in a line of products from SMART Storage Systems, recently re-branded by SMART to emphasize its exclusive focus on solid-state storage solutions.
The Xcel-200 SSD delivers performance metrics of 500MB/s sequential read/write speeds and up to 60K/40K random read/write IOPS. The Xcel-200 is available in capacities ranging from 60 to 240GB, using reliable single-level-cell (SLC) NAND Flash.
The SSD features a backup power circuit and an internal flash redundancy feature that provides protection against flash block failures and increases the uncorrectable bit error rate (UBER) to 1x10-18. End-to-end cyclic redundancy check (CRC) protection guards against data corruption along the entire data path.
An ATA-8 Security Erase function makes it possible to completely erase all user data from the drive. In addition, all user data stored on the Xcel-200 SSD is automatically encrypted with AES 256-bit encryption. Deletion of the encryption key takes less than 1 second, rendering all encrypted data useless.
The Xcel-200 was designed and tested per MIL-STD-810 to operate in high shock and vibration applications at industrial operating temperatures of-40oC to +85oC. It is also certified for operation at altitudes up to 80,000 ft.
Availability The Xcel-200 SSDs will be sampling in November 2011 and available in production volume in 1Q 2012.
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