SATA-III memory cards for HDD and CompactFlash replacement

November 12, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Swissbit's F-60 and F-600 cards raise CFast performance, with use of the most advanced NAND technologies available, to reach data-transfer speeds of up to 70,000 IOPS random read/write.

Swissbit (Bronschhofen, Switzerland) has introduced F-60/F-600 CFast 2.0 compatible cards, which deliver superior performance of up to 525MB/sec sequential read and 350 MB/sec sequential write.

The F-60 cards are, the company believes, the first in the market to use Toshiba's 15 nm MLC-NAND (Multi-Level Cell NAND) technology, which enables advanced performance and extended lifecycle. The F-600 series featuring Single-Level Cell (24 nm SLC-NAND) is also available.

Swissbit firmware maximises endurance and reliability; the cards are suitable for hard disk drive (HDD) or CompactFlash replacement in industrial, automotive and NetCom applications. Full product qualification and lifetime support provide added assurance of robust performance in the field and long-term availability.

These industrial CFast cards can be used as boot devices or removable media anywhere there is a need for small form factor and flawless reliability, the company adds. Meeting the industry-standard CFast 36.4 x 42.8 x 3.6 mm form factor, and featuring a high-speed SATA-III 6.0 Gbit/sec interface, the F-60 series is available in 8, 16, 30, 60, 120 and 240 GB capacities. The cards operate from a 3.3V supply, drawing active power of 1.3W and less than 15 mW in device-sleep mode.

Multiple built-in features enhance reliability, including global wear levelling, active and passive data-care management, lifetime enhancement, and support for enterprise-grade Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.). Swissbit's Life Time Monitor SBLTM tool and Software Development Kit (SDK) for SMART-based status monitoring is also available. Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) support simplifies control with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) using Windows, Linux or other operating systems with native AHCI. Swissbit's ATA security feature set, secure erase tools and optional AES256 encryption provide robust protection against unauthorised data access or tampering.