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Solid-state disk geared for industrial sector

Posted: 08 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:I25F Entry-Point Flashpak? solid-state disk? CF? PCMCIA? Adtron?

I25F Entry-Point Flashpak

The I25F Entry-Point Flashpak is a 2.5-inch solid-state disk that is being touted as an alternative to CF cards, PCMCIA card or notebook IDE hard disk drives as the storage medium in industrial applications.

The I25F Flashpak solid-state disk is based on single-level cell NAND flash. With a capacity range from 256MB to 8GB, the I25F flash disk supports standard IDE transfer modes, PIO 0-4 and MultiWord DMA 0.2. Solid-state media options include either commercial (0 to 70C) or industrial (-40C to 85C) temperatures.

The I25F flash disk uses the industry-standard ATA interface and connects to IDE controllers found in embedded computers. It doesn't require software drivers for full IDE disk support as a boot and data storage device.

The I25F Flashpak storage subsystem includes a standard IDE 44-pin, 2mm connector, and supports 28-bit logical block addressing.

Single-unit pricing for a 4GB I25F flash drive with a commercial temperature range is $546.

"In evaluating the market for flash disks, there is a significant pricing gap between traditional low-end media and solid-state flash disks suited for industrial applicationsthe I25F bridges this gap," said Wieslaw Wojtczak, Flashpak product line manager.

Siemens AG has adopted the I25F as an integral part of its SITET 650 TF control panel for the ES64U4 locomotive platform.

"A major requirement was to bring the control panel online as fast as possible. The I25F boot times were significantly faster than alternatives," said Friedrich Pook, product manager, Siemens' I&S EDM division.

- Ismini Scouras
EE Times

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