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, Calif., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of high performance solid state drives (SSDs), has unveiled a new SSD See solid state disk.  optimized for the emerging category of low cost, ultra mobile PCs. The Ultra-Mobile Solid State Drive ("UM-SSD") is in the PCIe mini card form factor -- an ideal total storage solution for ultra-mobile, low-cost PC ("UMPC See Ultra-Mobile PC. ") applications. The UM-SSD offers superior performance and reliability and thus a compelling alternative to HDDs as the main storage technology within ultra-mobile notebooks.

In order to enable this category of PC, the primary storage needs to be low cost, high performance and highly reliable. In order to achieve those characteristics, the storage must utilize MLC-NAND, it must have a high performance 4-channel controller, and it must have high levels of data reliability. To date, the alternative storage technologies available for the UMPC have been based on SLC-NAND, have not had the right controller technology, nor had the right data reliability capabilities.

"STEC's core technology around high reliability and high performance solid state drives enables us to meet the storage requirements of new product categories that range from the Enterprise storage to notebook computing products," said Patrick Wilkison, vice president of marketing and business development at STEC. "By leveraging our innovative, proprietary controller technology we can deliver unrivaled performance and reliability at extremely low prices -- making low-cost SSD storage a reality for cost-sensitive applications."

Ultra-mobile PC A lightweight, small tablet PC with an on-screen keyboard introduced in 2006. Weighing two pounds or less and using a hard drive for all content, the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) runs under the Windows Tablet PC operating system with Touch Pack software.  manufacturers will find the UM-SSD of interest due to its high performance, reliability and encryption features. While most alternative products in this category suffer from limitations in write performance and reliability, the UM-SSD product delivers the type of performance and reliability which make it suitable as the primary storage medium as a replacement for HDDs. Product specifications include:

* Performance (sustained sequential speeds) -- 55MB/s read speeds, 25MB/s write speeds with MLC (MultiLevel Cell) A flash memory technology that stores more than one bit per cell. Traditional flash memory defines a 0 or 1 bit based on a single voltage threshold.  NAND (Not AND) A Boolean logic operation that is true if any single input is false. Two-input NAND gates are often used as the sole logic element on gate array chips, because all Boolean operations can be created from NAND gates. See flash memory.  * Reliability: Full datapath protection, advanced static + dynamic wear-leveling, power-loss data protection, strong 8-bit error correction capabilities, and STEC's 'LCM - Life-Cycle Management' feature which provides drive vitality metrics while the drive is deployed * Interfaces: SATA (Serial ATA) A serial version of the ATA (IDE) interface, which has been the de facto standard hard disk interface for desktop PCs for more than two decades. The original Parallel ATA (PATA) interface was launched in 1986.  and PATA/IDE (UDMA (Ultra DMA) See Ultra ATA.

 6) * Dimensions: 50.95mm(L) x 30.0mm(W) x 2.4mm(T) * Compatible with all ultra mobile PCs

"STEC is traditionally viewed as an Enterprise SSD company, and we remain fully committed to that Enterprise market," said Wilkison. "Our new product offerings allow us to offer solid state storage to a new category of non-Enterprise applications, thus expanding our reach and enabling new applications. We view these as important complementary markets with good scale; according to IDC, the market is projected to exceed 5 million units annually in 2009."


MACH4 PCIe Mini Card is sampling today and is expected to be in mass production in July 2008 with capacities up to 32GB (in increments of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB). Capacities of 64GB are expected in the first quarter of 2009. Sales information is available at, via email at or by calling 949/476-1180.

About STEC

STEC, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Ana, California Santa Ana is the most populous city in Orange County, California and is the county seat. It lies approximately 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, on the largely seasonal Santa Ana River. , designs, manufactures and markets high performance solid state storage.

For more information, visit or call 949/466-6303.
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