Innodisk, a leading developer and supplier of DRAM and NAND-flash based products, has announced the release of the industrial-embedded industry's first Serial ATA devices in accordance to SATA µSSD standards, the single-chip nanoSSDs. The single-chip drives can be incorporated into a wide variety of applications, including industrial mobile devices, embedded systems, tablets, high-end smart phones and ultrabooks.
Innodisk’s nanoSSDs integrate control logic, flash memory, cache buffers and peripheral power components into a single ball grid array (BGA) package. With dimensions of only 16mm*20*2mm, a weight of only 1.5g, Serial ATA-6Gb/s support, nanoSSDs offer capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB and broad compatibility with different system-on-chips. The nanoSSDs feature read/write speeds of up to 480MB/s and 175MB/s, respectively.
Designed according to MO-276 standards, the JEDEC standard for SATA microSSDs, nanoSSD is a single-chip SATA implementation which allows for easy design-in. With many applications in the industrial-embedded field, Innodisk's nanoSSD can be applied in embedded storage devices of various sizes, in particular, SATADOM, Innodisk's own world's smallest form factor disk on module series. With Innodisk's expertise in creating mini form factor modules, an even smaller DOM can be created.
This product is fully compliant with the industrial-embedded industry's standards, including: thermal sensor implementation, -40?C to 85?C wide operation range, shock-resistance and ATA security and military (MIL-STD-810F/G) compliant quick erase standards.
Innodisk further adds value through firmware optimization designed by in-house R&D, extending the life of its flash products through wear-leveling technology. Also, significantly reducing the risk of industrial applications is Innodisk's own disk monitoring tool – iSMART, which allows users to visualize SSD wear-leveling status at a glance with a clear graphical display, giving users time to replace damaged disks before they fail.
According to TrendForce predictions for 2013, demand for embedded memory technologies eMMC and SSD will heat up, with a forecast of overall NAND Flash demand growth to reach up to 47.6% with eMMC and SSD contributing to 15% of the NAND flash output growth. Embedded memory technology designed for smart phones, eMMC, has been one of the main choices of ultra-thin hand-held devices, however, being subject to performance limitations, they are usually only implemented in low-end models. For high-end applications such as high performance ultra-thin Ultrabooks, the SATA interface remains the optimal choice.