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sTec, a solid-state drive maker that belongs to Western Digital’s HGST, this week introduced the sTec s260 mSATA SSDs designed for rugged, space-conscious environments. The drives will be primarily used for embedded-storage applications, including operating-system booting, data logging, code-storage/application hosting, caching, and fast data backup.

The s260 mSATA SSDs are based on highly reliable single-level cell (SLC) and enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash memory; the drives are available in a range of capacities – between 16GB and 200GB – to enable flexible, cost-efficient designs.  Their error-correction coding (ECC) scheme helps assure data integrity. As with all sTec SSDs, the new mSATA drives come with warranties of either three (eMLC) and five (SLC) years. sTec’s new s260 mSATA SSDs provide the same advanced flash management technology and data integrity of its other high-performance and -reliability enterprise SSDs with Serial ATA interface, in a size less than half of the industry-standard 2.5” form-factor.

The s260 drives, which comply with the JEDEC-defined MO-300A and MO-300B (mSATA mini) standards, draw just 1.5W. Additionally, they deliver industry-leading 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.

“Designers are eager for easily integrated SATA drives that can withstand harsh environments and don’t require frequent replacement – and it’s those very conditions where the performance and endurance of these new s260 mSATA drives really shine. Our heritage of drive performance and reliability, along with the high demand for this popular format in the industrial, networking and telecommunications markets, makes this a logical extension of sTec solid-state storage solutions,” said Zack Mihalis, vice president of product marketing and management at sTec.

Available for sampling now, the s260 mSATA SSDs scan be purchased directly from sTec and through authorized distributors.

Tags: STEC, HGST, Western Digital, WD, SSD, NAND, Flash

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