Cactus Technologies, Ltd. Launches Industrial Grade PC Cards

Cactus Technologies, Ltd. today announced the launch of a new family of Industrial flash cards in the PC Card form factor, to address the large base of existing host systems requiring this format. As with the Cactus CompactFlash cards, the PC Card continues the tradition of rugged, long life cycle flash memory storage cards directed to the needs of the Industrial customer base.

The industry standard PC Card form factor cards 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 the industry standard physical and electrical specifications of the PC Card Association.

Sai-Ying Ng, President of Cactus Technologies, said, "We are proud to add the PC Card form factor to our Industrial product offering. Many systems still use the PC Card form factor as the primary data storage device. As with our CompactFlash cards, the PC Card is meant to address the specific needs of the Industrial customer base. Over the next few months we plan to expand our product offering of high quality Industrial Grade technology in a number of other form factors. “

The Cactus Tech Industrial PC Cards have all 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 card of < 100,000. Our industry leading Shock specification of 2,000 G and Vibration of 30G peak-to-peak make the Cactus PC Cards 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, "We continued to leverage our industrial technology with this new PC Card format. These cards meet all of the PC Card Association specifications with the added benefit of the Cactus industrial advantages listed above. We are actively designing other form factors that will broaden our product portfolio as well.”

The Industrial Grade PC Cards are available in densities of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB today. Cards have versions to support fixed or removable modes and can have the DMA mode disabled to meet some legacy system requirements. Please contact Cactus Technologies for more details and pricing.