mSATA Solid-State Drives—Small-Footprint, with Power-Fail Protection

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A series of reliable, small footprint and low power draw solid state drives are  ideal for embedded storage in rugged, space-conscious environments. The SSDs, mSATA solid state drives, features a 6 Gbit/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface. The s260 drives from sTec are designed to tackle a range of embedded-storage applications, including operating-system booting, data logging, code-storage/application hosting, caching and fast data backup.

The s260 drives, which comply with the JEDEC-defined MO-300A and MO-300B (mSATA mini) standards, draw just 1.5W, a fraction of the power required by rotating-disk storage. Additionally, they deliver reliability through sTec’s patented PowerSafe technology and support industrial temperatures, ranging from -40° to 85°C. These features combine to meet the demands of embedded designs in remote and/or space-constrained systems where access is limited, airflow is restricted and heat exacts both performance and durability penalties.

The s260 mSATA SSDs, using highly reliable single-level cell (SLC) and enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash memory, are available in a range of capacities—between 16 Gbyte and 200 Gbyte—to enable flexible, cost-efficient designs. Their powerful error-correction coding (ECC) scheme helps assure data integrity.

mSATA is a JEDEC-compliant SSD format that leverages the widely used SATA standard, which continues to be used across a wide range of applications and enjoys support in the majority of off-the-shelf system boards. Increasingly replacing parallel ATA (PATA) in embedded systems, SATA drives are a logical drop-in replacement for conventional storage for OEM and industrial system designs with size and/or power constraints. sTec’s new s260 mSATA SSDs provide the same advanced flash management technology and data integrity of its other high-performance and high-reliability enterprise SSDs, in a size less than half of the industry-standard 2.5-inch form factor.

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