Slim SATA (MO-297) Industrial and Commercial Grade are Simple, Reliable Embedded Solutions

High performance embedded applications have a simple and reliable embedded flash storage solution in the Slim SATA (MO-297A) form factor. Leveraging the same connector of the 2.5” Solid State Drive (SSD), electrical connection is a snap.

Slim SATA is also referred to by its JEDEC specification of MO-297A. With dimensions of 54mm x 39mm the Slim SATA is able to fit in all but the smallest of OEM systems. The MO-297A SATA interface standard supports performance at 1.5 Gbits/sec, 3.0 Gbits/sec and 6.0 Gbits/sec speeds.

In May 2009, JEDEC published the MO-297 standard which defines the dimensions, layout and connector position of Slim SATA. The Slim SATA electrical and protocol specification follows the SATA-IO (Serial ATA International Organization) Group’s specifications.

The Slim SATA is able to connect to any system’s standard SATA connectors made for 2.5” Hard Drives or Solid State Drives. There are 4 mounting holes provided to secure the Slim SATA in place inside the system.

Cactus offers both an Industrial Grade Slim SATA, based on SLC NAND flash, for the most demanding embedded application environments and a Commercial Grade Slim SATA, based on MLC NAND, which provides a cost effective solution for less demanding applications.

Industrial Grade Slim SATA

Industrial Slim SATA are built using SLC (Single Level Cell) NAND, which is the most reliable available. They have >2 Million endurance cycles per logical block which will exceed almost any requirements running an operating system and high write cycle applications.

Very long life cycles and firm BOM control are another plus for these products since SLC NAND components are available for several years without change. Why Industrial Grade is an important question to ask during the decision making process. An in-depth SLC vs MLC White Paper is available for those who want to understand the implications of Industrial and Commercial Grade further.

Commercial Grade Slim SATA

Commercial Slim SATA are built using the lower cost MLC (Multi Level Cell) NAND components. They generally are reliable when running an operating system at room temperature, but may have issues at extreme high and low temperatures. For high write cycle applications, it is recommended to move to the Industrial Grade products using higher endurance memory.

More Industrial versus Commercial Grade information can be found on our website.

If you would like to discuss the Slim SATA or any other Cactus product feel free to Contact a Cactus Expert for more information.

Steve Larrivee has over 30 year's experience in the data storage market, including 5 years at Seagate Technology and 10 years at SanDisk. He joined Cactus Technologies Limited as an equity partner and Co-Founded Cactus USA in 2007 with partner Tom Aguillon. Learn more about Steve on Google+