SST Announces Industry's Smallest ATA Solid-State Storage Devices
NANDrive Allows Seamless Integration into Mobile and Embedded Applications
Sunnyvale, CA, October 23, 2006 -- SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., NASDAQ: SSTI), a leader in flash memory technology, announced the industry's smallest ATA solid-state storage devices, giving mobile and embedded system designers an easy way to adopt a NAND flash data storage solution. By leveraging SST's proven NAND controller technology, innovative multi-chip packaging expertise and a widely used industry-standard ATA/IDE interface, SST's NANDrive device manages all NAND flash complexities and allows designers to quickly integrate this mass data storage solution into their designs without having to make any firmware changes. NANDrive is compatible with all mobile, embedded and desktop operating systems that support an ATA interface. Customers designing NANDrive into their system can utilize its ease of integration to accelerate their time to market.
"Our NANDrive is an easy-to-use solid state storage solution that will revolutionize the way an embedded system designer uses NAND flash devices," said Frank Lin, vice president of Application Specific Products Business Line at SST. "Embedded system designers adopting our solution will no longer need to deal with the hassles associated with rapidly changing NAND technologies, while enjoying its cost improvement benefits."
NANDrive uses a standard embedded OS software stack, giving embedded system designers the ability to no longer face the trouble of host software revalidation cycles. In contrast, existing solutions require changing host-side vendor-specific software to support new NAND flash devices. Additionally, with existing solutions, when NAND flash devices migrate to new process geometries, new NAND controllers are needed, resulting in increased inventory exposure.
SST's NANDrive offers customers a compact and rugged storage alternative, a significant requirement in today's mobile applications. In addition, SST's mass data storage solution uses a fraction of the power that hard disk drives require, while maintaining high performance.
Providing system designers a wide range of storage capacities and for easy upgrade, SST will offer NANDrive in three form factors, all with the same common ball layout. The first of such form factors introduced today - the "micro-NANDrive" with dimensions of 12mm x 18mm x 1.4mm - will initially accommodate 128 MByte to 512 MByte storage capacities. SST will introduce the other two form factors and their storage capacities in future announcements.
High Performance Solution
The NANDrive is a high-performance mass data storage solution with sustained read and write rate up to 30MB/sec. The performance of NANDrive meets all application needs for mobile multimedia devices, such as MP3 players, video streaming devices, camcorders, cameras and GPS navigation systems. The NANDrive is designed to maximize the performance of various vendors' NAND flash devices by optimizing hardware and firmware for each NAND device. SST's industry-first hardware 8-bit ECC engine and its firmware programmable multi-tasking NAND interface helps solve the slow performance problem that is typical when using lower cost multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash.
Advanced Security Features
The NANDrive offers users several advanced security protection features. Users seeking content protection can take advantage of NANDrive's unique 20-Byte serial ID number for data encryption. The device also offers up to four protection zones that customers can use to store boot code that typically would be included in a separate discrete device. By using the NANDrive device to store boot code, system designers can eliminate the use of certain discrete devices, thus reducing the bill of material costs. Additional security features within the NANDrive include a write-protect pin for virus prevention, password protection and a purge command.
The 128MB micro-NANDrive, SST85LD0128, is currently sampling. SST expects the micro-NANDrive to be in full production in February 2007. For more information about SST's NANDrive, please contact an SST sales representative, or visit the company's Web site at http://www.sst.com.
About Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, SST designs, manufactures and markets a diversified range of memory and non-memory products for high volume applications in the digital consumer, networking, wireless communications and Internet computing markets. Leveraging its proprietary, patented SuperFlash technology, SST is a leading provider of nonvolatile memory solutions with product families that include various densities of high functionality flash memory components and flash mass storage products. The Company also offers its SuperFlash technology for embedded applications through its broad network of world-class manufacturing partners and technology licensees, including TSMC, which offers it under its trademark Emb-FLASH. SST's non-memory products include NAND controller-based products, smart card ICs, flash microcontroller and radio frequency ICs and modules. Further information on SST can be found on the company's Web site at http://www.sst.com.
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