Hagiwara shrinks SSD tech to 1"

March 30, 2009 | 16:02

Tags: #1 #25 #cache #flash-memory #nand #solid-state-device #solid-state-disk #solid-state-drive #ssd #ultraportable

Companies: #hagiwara-sys-com

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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