Cactus Technologies, Ltd. Launches Industrial Grade 2.5” IDE Flash Drives

Cactus Technologies, Ltd. today announced the launch of a new family of Industrial 2.5” IDE Flash Drives, to meet the needs of Industrial OEMs requiring solid state disks (SSD) to replace mechanical hard disk drives. Following in the footsteps of our CompactFlash and PC Card products, these 2.5” SSD meet the rugged, long life cycle storage requirements of the Industrial OEM customer base.

The industry standard 2.5” Flash Drives will be sold in multiple capacities from 128 megabytes (MB) up to eight gigabytes (GB) (a), and incorporate the key features desired by Industrial customers while meeting all industry standard physical mounting and electrical specifications of a IDE hard disk drive. One of the key uses for this product is to take the place of a rotating hard disk drive in applications that demand a more robust device.

Sai-Ying Ng, President of Cactus Technologies, said, "We are delighted to announce the 2.5” IDE Flash Drive form factor just two months after our launch of our PC Card product family. The 2.5” SSD adds to our CompactFlash and PC Card offerings and continues our endeavor to offer a complete portfolio of form factors to the Industrial OEM customer.“

The Cactus Tech 2.5” Flash Drives have been designed with a Long Life Cycle, which permits OEM customers to focus on their core business rather than continually having to qualify flash cards due to controller and memory changes. High Write Endurance of > 2 million write cycles per logical block is ideal for use in disk-like applications vs. a typical consumer flash device of < 100,000. Our industry leading Shock specification of 1,000 G and Vibration of 30G peak-to-peak make the Cactus 2.5” Flash Drives dependable in even the most rugged environments. Finally, Cactus offers an extended temperature range option that is guaranteed down to -45C (-49 Fahrenheit) and up to +90C (194 Fahrenheit) for applications encountering extreme conditions.

Joseph Chang, Vice President of Engineering, added, "As with our CF and PC Card products, we have incorporated the Cactus Industrial technology into the new 2.5” IDE Flash Drive. These 2.5” Flash Drives, also known as Solid State Disks, are direct replacements for the normal hard disk drives found in most notebook PCs and other portable systems. They emulate a hard disk drive and offer the added benefits of long life cycle, extremely high shock and vibration specs and temperature resistance a hard drive can only dream of.”

The 2.5” IDE Flash Drives are available in densities of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB today. Flash Drives can have the DMA mode disabled to meet some legacy system requirements. Please contact Cactus Technologies for more details and pricing.