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.
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