Thursday, April 22nd 2010

ATP Electronics Intros Internal SIP USB Solid State Drive

ATP Electronics released an internal USB solid state storage device. The device sits on one USB internal header cluster on the motherboard (occupying headers for two ports), to provide fixed storage of up to 4 GB in a package that measures 8.2 (L) x 15.3 (W) x 6.2 (H) mm. The package is dust, vibration and ESD resistant. It uses single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash chips, and provides speeds typical to storage devices connected over USB 2.0, around 30 MB/s. The device is said to be industrial-grade, and can be deployed in embedded computers. The package is advertised to be extremely durable, making use of the System In Package (SIP) technology that protects vital components.
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19 Comments on ATP Electronics Intros Internal SIP USB Solid State Drive

#1
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
cool idea....but cant think of a single efficient use for it..but cool idea :toast:
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#3
t77snapshot
This is a cool idea! my board has a bunch of extra internal use ports that are not in use.
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#4
A Cheese Danish
This would be sweet for me. I have a couple spare internal USB spots open.
I could use these for all my school files and such.
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#5
douglatins
This would be useful for any media that needs to be bootable, like windows, since i dont have a media drive, though if it costs more than a same sized usb, itll suck
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#6
JATownes
I think this is a great idea. If they could make the capacity larger, this would be win IMO.
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#7
DanishDevil
Too bad it's limited by USB 2.0's bandwidth. Maybe if they release a USB 3.0 version, they can become popular as quick boot drives.
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#8
OnBoard
by: DanishDevil
Too bad it's limited by USB 2.0's bandwidth. Maybe if they release a USB 3.0 version, they can become popular as quick boot drives.
Except there are no USB 3.0 headers in any motherboard :)

Cool thing would be to release motherboard drivers in these things. Higher end board prices would easily get these valued in.
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#9
BazookaJoe
I just want to know how this is any different to sticking a Flash Drive on the board?
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#10
Arrakis+9
by: BazookaJoe
I just want to know how this is any different to sticking a Flash Drive on the board?
my thoughts exactly
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#11
Baum
it different from usb sticks as it is rated "embedded" which means it can withstand higher ambient temperatures and has a wider operation temperature range + it's design is more rugged and "sealed"

at least it is SLC Tech, but as a OS Drive with 4GB and USB limit? nono for me :shadedshu still a good approach
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#12
Ripper3
Baum is right, it's far better than a flash drive for embedded systems. Think of this: you have a computer behind an LCD screen, it boots remotely off the main server, and just needs local storage for caching larger files, like for acting as an ad-hoc proxy server. It's harder to steal, always-on, more reliable, and smaller and more out-of-the-way than the flash drive. Plus, most flash drives need a proper USB port, which is generally only externally accessible.

Frankly, it's a great idea, but I see little use of it for most of the people in this forum, although some people might need a small embedded USB drive if they're running VMWare ESXi, which would make sense.
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#13
Wshlist
uhm

So it's a flashdisk embedded in epoxy, well isn't that something..
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#14
DanishDevil
Did you miss the fact that it connects to the internal USB ports on the motherboard rather than external ones?
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#15
Mussels
Moderprator
people are missing that its SLC, it doesnt have the stutter problems of MLC flash, this is the high end shiz.

oh noes 30MB/s... but the access times would be awesome.
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#16
dertimaushh
Good idea. But why the hell do they use USB 2.0 instead of S-Ata :wtf:
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#18
Jstn7477
by: dertimaushh
Good idea. But why the hell do they use USB 2.0 instead of S-Ata :wtf:
The drive needs a power source. (SATA does not provide power at the port.)
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#19
Mussels
Moderprator
by: filip007
USB 3.0 please...
by: Jstn7477
The drive needs a power source. (SATA does not provide power at the port.)
indeed, i agree it needs to be USB 3.0 - but not one single motherboard offers USB 3.0 on the motherboard, since no cases support USB 3.0 headers for front panel!
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