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Hagiwara shrinks SSD tech to 1"

Hagiwara shrinks SSD tech to 1"

The new HDF10P 1" form factor SSDs from Hagiwara use the TrueSSD caching and wear-levelling tech developed for 2.5" devices.

Storage specialist Hagiwara Sys-Com has announced its success at integrating a solid-state storage technology originally developed for the 2.5” form factor into teeny-tiny 1” drives for the ultraportable market.

According to an article over on Electronista, the company has succeeded in sizing down the TrueSSD controller it developed for standard 2.5” SSD drives and applying it to the new range of HDF10P 1” drives – with capacities of 2GB to 8GB currently available, with a 16GB model due later on this year.

The single-level cell based NAND flash memory used in the device can support sustained read speeds of 39MB/s, with write speeds of 25Mb/s, thanks to a clever cache algorithm that organises smaller data blocks into consolidated chunks in order to cut down on the number of read/write cycles required to store or read data. A robust wear-levelling system means that Hagiwara is so sure of the reliability of the new drive – despite the problems encountered with scaling down to such a cramped form factor – that the company has even announced its suitability as a boot drive thanks to heightened write-cycle endurance.

Clearly aimed at the netbook and portable storage sector – PATA inferface 1” and 1.8” drives have long been popular in portable MP3 players – the device is designed to run on a 5V line and operate in temperatures between -40C and 85C.

Although Hagiwara is marketing the devices as “high reliability [...] industrial grade” drives, it's likely that the HDF10P will find a home in the next few generations of netbooks.

Is you mind swimming with the modding potentials of a reliable, solid-state 1” drive, or is the small form factor nothing more than showing off from Hagiwara, with limited commercial appeal? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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nicae 30th March 2009, 19:33 Quote
Isn't that small enough to be classified as an SD card? :P
qupada 30th March 2009, 19:33 Quote
Looks like a CompactFlash card....
dire_wolf 30th March 2009, 23:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by qupada
Looks like a CompactFlash card....


It is a compact flash card
Timmy_the_tortoise 31st March 2009, 02:25 Quote
So, they've basically took it upon themselves to re-brand CompactFlash as TrueSSD?

What the hell?
antiHero 31st March 2009, 08:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise
So, they've basically took it upon themselves to re-brand CompactFlash as TrueSSD?

What the hell?

I think the big differents is Read/write circles. Havng longer life time then CF cards in an OS environment.
dire_wolf 31st March 2009, 20:14 Quote
Yes it seems that they are somehow optimised so that using a paging file does not kill them within minutes, a traditional CF would die when used with an IDE adaptor to boot windows.

Seems funny that they're claiming to have achieved 'miracle' wonders of technical wizardry to shrink solid state to 1" when CFs have been around for over a decade. All they've done is written some clever firmware by the sounds of it.
Shuriken 31st March 2009, 23:07 Quote
There is a physical difference as (IIRC) compact flash uses NOR chips, where as SSDs use NAND
Timmy_the_tortoise 1st April 2009, 01:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shuriken
There is a physical difference as (IIRC) compact flash uses NOR chips, where as SSDs use NAND

This makes sense.

It also makes the whole thing a lot less impressive.



And it was never really impressive to begin with.
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