SILCON VALLEY FIRM Greenliant has begun mass production of a ruggedised high endurance solid state disk (SSD) drive that should be happy working in the far sub-zero temperatures that grip the South Pole.
Greenliant's industrial grade SATA interface NANDrive SSD, which is rated for operating at temperatures between -40 and +85 degrees Celsius, is shipping now in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities, with higher capacity units planned. The temperature at the South Pole today is -40C, so in theory at least the drive should work there.
The devices combine Greenliant's in-house NAND controller with single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash dies for an integrated SSD in a multi-chip package. The company claims it is one of the smallest SSDs at 14x24x1.95mm.
The drives are offered in a 145 ball grid array (BGA), 1mm ball pitch package for mounting to a system motherboard to mitigate the effects of shock and vibration.
Because the NANDrive protects against frequent NAND flash changes, it is suited for embedded systems that need long-term support, such as industrial single-board computers, robotics, automation, control, military and automotive applications, the company said.
If you want to see the NANDrive in action before setting off to test it at the South Pole, Greenliant will be demonstrating it in a booth at Embedded World 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany from 28 February through 1 March. µ