Apacer launches new 'tough' hard drives

New SSD range provides high capacity with single-level cell NAND flash

Apacer today launched its new Serial ATA Flash Drive (SAFD) 254 for industrial and embedded applications. According to a press release, the new product provides Apacer customers with the only industrial SSD solution in today's market that supports both high capacity requirement and wide operating temperature demand. With its NAND SLC memory, the SAFD 254 is capable of read/write speeds of up to 150/130 MB/sec. Apacer's SAFD 254 utilizes the global wear leveling technology, which manages the uneven "wear" on the sectors of a flash media memory by distributing the writes through whole sectors of the flash media to extend its life cycle.

In addition, the built-in S.M.A.R.T technology (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) provides users with an interface that allows instant display of key information including spare blocks and erase counts, which reduces the risk of sudden disk damage and proactively notifies customers to backup system and data. Also, the built-in low power detector initiates cached data saving before the device's power supply gets too low.

The Apacer SAFD 254 comes with the SSD+ Optimizer software, developed especially for Apacer SSD products. The Optimizer effectively maintains the product's long term peak operational performance. It utilizes the patented InvisiTasking technology and runs in the background to automatically perform error detection without affecting normal system operation. In addition to the SAFD 254 for industry applications, Apacer is also launching the cost-effective Multi-Level Cell SAFD254-M for Notebook, Netbook and MID use. The SAFD-M product has a read/write speed of 150/90 MB/sec, and is available in different capacities from 8GB to 128GB. The SAFD 254-M is impact-resistant and power efficient, and can effectively withstand accidental bumps from erasing valuable storage data.

The SAFD 254 128GB Extended Temperature model is currently available in prototype at the suggested selling price of USD $900 (Rs. 44,400 approximately). The product line is expected to go into production by Q2 of 2009.

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