SimpleTech's world smallest 64GB SSD

Posted on Friday, Feb 02 2007 @ 00:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
SimpleTech is presenting the world's smallest 64GB solid state drive at the West 2007 Exhibitio in San Diego.

To showcase the capabilities of the Zeus solid state drive product family, SimpleTech will host a live, interactive demonstration of the Zeus SSD in action. This demo will push the solid state drive well beyond the physical limitations of hard disk drives in simulations of harsh operating environments which require high reliability and high tolerance to shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and temperature. This simulation reflects the way advanced military and aerospace systems increasingly rely upon the storage of mission-critical data on high performance, high capacity, small form factor SSDs.

As the pace of solid state storage adoption continuously increases, so do the demands for unique SSD characteristics. Of significant interest to OEMs is the need to minimize SSD size while maximizing SSD storage capacity. In order to address this important OEM requirement, SimpleTech employs its proprietary IC Tower stacking technology to achieve next-generation capacities. This advanced chip stacking technology is widely utilized across SimpleTech's DRAM and Flash products and delivers distinct advantages to customers wherein SimpleTech is able to deliver capacities that would otherwise be unattainable with the prevailing memory semiconductor devices.

This 64GB Zeus drive uses widely available Single-Level Cell NAND devices which achieve a maximum of 2GB per device; the vertical stacking process enables multiples of that capacity per each placement on the SSD printed circuit board. Competitive 64GB solutions are nearly 3 times the physical size (at 22.5mm z-axis height) of the Zeus SSD, thus significantly more challenging for OEMs to incorporate.

The Zeus SSD products combine the highest level of electrical and physical reliability. SimpleTech's patented Flash management algorithms ensure the consistency, accuracy and integrity of user data. All Zeus SSDs offer unlimited read cycles, 2 million write cycles, 10-year data retention, and are enclosed in an impact-resistant aluminum alloy case.

SimpleTech Zeus SSDs incorporate cutting-edge security features that comply with the most rigorous security standards issued by the Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M), National Security Agency (NSA 130-2), Air Force (AFSSI 5020), Army (AR 380-19), and Navy (Navso 5239). The array of advanced data protection features includes RapidPurge(, MilPurge and Intelligent Destructive Purge.

RapidPurge is designed for applications that require emergency data erasure, where classified or otherwise valuable information stored in the flash media must be erased completely in a matter of a few seconds.

MilPurge erases the entire used data area based specifically on procedures defined by military standards.

Intelligent Destructive Purge removes the drive's data and then destroys the media, making the SSD unusable and data retrieval impossible. Additionally, the destruction is monitored and confirmed.

SimpleTech manufactures all of its solid state drives in its ISO9001 and ISO14001 manufacturing facilities. SimpleTech's Zeus SSDs are currently available with a broad range of interface possibilities including Fiber Channel, SATA, and PATA. The Zeus SSDs are available in standard 2.5- and 3.5-inch form factors, as well as custom form factors. The supported capacities range from 8 to 146 gigabytes (GBs).

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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