STEC Zeus3 s Worlds Thinnest 64GB Solid State Drive

SimpleTech is now shipping 64GB solid state drives in the low profile version of the 2.5″ hard disk drive form factor. This 64GB Zeus drive uses widely available Single-Level Cell NAND devices which achieve a maximum of 2GB per device; the vertical stacking process enables multiples of that capacity per each placement on the SSD printed circuit board. Competitive 64GB solutions are nearly 3 times the physical size (at 22.5mm z-axis height) of the Zeus SSD, thus significantly more challenging for OEMs to incorporate. The Zeus SSDs are available in standard 2.5- and 3.5-inch form factors, as well as custom form factors. The supported capacities range from 8 to 146 gigabytes (GBs).

STEC Zeus3 1 Worlds Thinnest 64GB Solid State Drive

SimpleTech, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), announced that the company is now shipping
64GB solid state drives in the low profile version of the 2.5″ hard disk drive
form factor. SimpleTech will showcase the entire family of Zeus solid state
drive (SSD) products at the West 2007 Exhibition, in booth 1337 at the San Diego
Convention Center, January 31 — February 2. The West 2007 Exhibition is the
largest event on the U.S. West Coast for communications, electronics,
intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, and
aviation, thus an ideal forum for such a high performance storage device.

To showcase the capabilities of the Zeus solid state drive product family,
SimpleTech will host a live, interactive demonstration of the Zeus SSD in
action. This demo will push the solid state drive well beyond the physical
limitations of hard disk drives in simulations of harsh operating environments
which require high reliability and high tolerance to shock, vibration, altitude,
humidity and temperature. This simulation reflects the way advanced military and
aerospace systems increasingly rely upon the storage of mission-critical data on
high performance, high capacity, small form factor SSDs.

As the pace of solid state storage adoption continuously increases, so do the
demands for unique SSD characteristics. Of significant interest to OEMs is the
need to minimize SSD size while maximizing SSD storage capacity. In order to
address this important OEM requirement, SimpleTech employs its proprietary IC
Tower(r) stacking technology to achieve next-generation capacities. This
advanced chip stacking technology is widely utilized across SimpleTech’s DRAM
and Flash products and delivers distinct advantages to customers wherein
SimpleTech is able to deliver capacities that would otherwise be unattainable
with the prevailing memory semiconductor devices. This 64GB Zeus drive uses
widely available Single-Level Cell NAND devices which achieve a maximum of 2GB
per device; the vertical stacking process enables multiples of that capacity per
each placement on the SSD printed circuit board. Competitive 64GB solutions are
nearly 3 times the physical size (at 22.5mm z-axis height) of the Zeus SSD, thus
significantly more challenging for OEMs to incorporate.

“Through our nearly two decades of advanced memory and storage product
development, we have implemented the vital organizational competencies required
to address the most pressing technological challenges OEMs are facing. We
uniquely combine capabilities in high performance flash controller development,
chip stacking, manufacturing, and test,” said Patrick Wilkison, vice president
of marketing and business development. “It is through this powerful combination
that we are able to provide the right mix of high reliability SSDs and memory
solutions to meet the demands of OEM customers in a broad range of segments
ranging from defense/aerospace to enterprise computing to networking equipment.”

Reliability and Endurance

The Zeus SSD products combine the highest level of electrical and physical
reliability. SimpleTech’s patented Flash management algorithms ensure the
consistency, accuracy and integrity of user data. All Zeus SSDs offer unlimited
read cycles, 2 million write cycles, 10-year data retention, and are enclosed in
an impact-resistant aluminum alloy case.

Security

SimpleTech Zeus SSDs incorporate cutting-edge security features that comply with
the most rigorous security standards issued by the Department of Defense (DoD
5220.22-M), National Security Agency (NSA 130-2), Air Force (AFSSI 5020), Army
(AR 380-19), and Navy (Navso 5239). The array of advanced data protection
features includes RapidPurge(tm), MilPurge(tm) and Intelligent Destructive
Purge.

RapidPurge(tm) (patent pending) is designed for applications that require
emergency data erasure, where classified or otherwise valuable information
stored in the flash media must be erased completely in a matter of a few
seconds.

MilPurge(tm) (patent pending) erases the entire used data area based
specifically on procedures defined by military standards.

Intelligent Destructive Purge(tm) (patented) removes the drive’s data and then
destroys the media, making the SSD unusable and data retrieval impossible.
Additionally, the destruction is monitored and confirmed.

Manufacturing, Pricing and Availability

SimpleTech manufactures all of its solid state drives in its ISO9001 and
ISO14001 manufacturing facilities. SimpleTech’s Zeus SSDs are currently
available with a broad range of interface possibilities including Fiber Channel,
SATA, and PATA. The Zeus SSDs are available in standard 2.5- and 3.5-inch form
factors, as well as custom form factors. The supported capacities range from 8
to 146 gigabytes (GBs). OEM pricing is available upon request. Sales information
is available via email at [email protected] or by calling 949-260-8345.