Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ACAL samples next generation 2.5in solid state drives (SSDs) for embedded


  • Over 2x faster Read/Write transfer rates than previous Wester Digital drives
  • Speed Assurance for consistent performance across the life-time of the drive
  • Support for advanced features: TRIM, NCQ and SMART
  • 5 year warranty and Western Digital FIT Lab certified
  • Available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities

ACAL Technology is sampling the latest generation of 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drives (SSD) from Western Digital which more than doubles the read/write transfer rates of the previous generation combined with drive endurance and consistently high sequential write speeds. The N1x series of SSDs is based on Single-Level Cell (SLC) media for write-intensive, embedded OEM applications with up to 24/7 operation.
It features a native SATA 3.0 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) interface which delivers target read speeds of up to 240 megabytes per second (Mb/s) and write transfer rates of up to 140Mb/s. The drives are available with capacities of 32, 64 and 128GB. In addition to patented and patent-pending Western Digital technologies, the drives support Native Command Queueing (NCQ), SMART and Windows 7 TRIM commands. Based on proven Western Digital technology, the SSDs have a high tolerance to shock or vibration and can operate across a temperature range of 0 to 70 degrees Centigrade.
“The new single-level cell N1x SSDs complement Western Digital’s recent Multi-Level Cell (MLC) WD SiliconEdge Blue devices," said Richard Pollard, European Product Manager at ACAL Technology. "The combination of these two technologies means that OEMs across the cost/performance spectrum can access SSDs featuring Western Digital’s innovative Speed Assurance technology. This eliminates the need for an external ‘wiper’ utility and ensures that the drives operate at consistently high speed, regardless of the amount of stored data and with no degradation over the life of the drive.”
 The applications which would benefit most from the N1xx’s speed and longevity include database or multimedia servers, digital graphics rendering, NAS server and storage arrays, storage appliances and video on demand as well as telecom and wireless networking infrastructure. 
Samples of the N1xx SSDs are available now, from ACAL Technology, on a sale or return basis at http://www.acaltechnology.com/uk/wd1
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