ACAL Technology sample next-generation 2.5 inch SATA Solid-State Drives from Western Digital

13th May 2010
ES Admin
ACAL Technology announced the availability of samples of Western Digital’s latest generation of 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drives (SSD) which more than doubles the read/write transfer rates of the previous generation combined with maximum drive endurance and consistently high sequential write speeds. Based on Single-Level Cell (SLC) media, the N1x series of SSDs delivers superior performance and longevity in write-intensive, embedded OEM applications with up to 24/7 operation.
The N1xx series features a native SATA 3.0 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) interface which delivers target read speeds of up to 240 megabytes per second (Mb/s) and write transfer rates of up to 140Mb/s. The drives are available with capacities of 32, 64 and 128GB. In addition to patented and patent-pending Western Digital technologies, the drives support Native Command Queueing (NCQ), SMART and Windows® 7 TRIM commands. Based on proven Western Digital technology, the SSDs have a high tolerance to shock or vibration and can operate across a temperature range of 0 to 70 degrees Centigrade.

Richard Pollard, European Product Manager, ACAL Technology, explains: “The new single-level cell N1x SSDs complement Western Digital’s recent Multi-Level Cell (MLC) WD SiliconEdge™ Blue™ devices. The combination of these two technologies means that OEMs across the cost/performance spectrum can access SSDs featuring Western Digital’s innovative Speed Assurance™ technology. This eliminates the need for an external ‘wiper’ utility and ensures that the drives operate at consistently high speed, regardless of the amount of stored data and with no degradation over the life of the drive.”

The applications which would benefit most from the N1xx’s speed and longevity include database or multimedia servers, digital graphics rendering, NAS server and storage arrays, storage appliances and video on demand as well as telecom and wireless networking infrastructure.

Samples of the N1xx SSDs are available now, from ACAL Technology, on a sale or return basis.
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