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SST debuts solid state device with IDE hard drive compatibility

Kevin Komiega

Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., (SST) has marked its entry into the embedded mass data storage market with the debut of a flash memory-based ATA-Disk Chip (ADC) product family. The Sunnyvale, Calif., memory maker's new product family ranges in capacity from 8M bytes to 64M bytes. According to SST, it's the industry's first ATA/IDE protocol-compatible solid-state mass data storage product housed in a multi-chip packaged device.

The new product family is aimed at embedded mass data storage applications that require low power and high-performance in a small and reliable mass storage device. SST's devices are supported by set-top boxes, thin client systems, network computers, Internet appliances, PDAs, cellular phones, MP3 players and other digital handheld devices.

"Our entry into the embedded mass data storage market allows SST to target a potentially multi-billion dollar digital electronics market that will benefit greatly from a semiconductor equivalent to a hard disk drive," said Bing Yeh, president and CEO of SST.

SST's ATA-Disk Chip uses a standard ATA/IDE (Advanced Technology Attachment/ Integrated Drive Electronics) protocol and can be used as a replacement for conventional IDE hard disk drives.

The ADC has built-in microcontroller and file management firmware that supports the ATA standard interface. Because SST's ADC supports the standard ATA-protocol, the host system does not require additional or proprietary software. The ATA driver

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is a standard part of all major operating systems such as Windows 95/98/2000/NT/CE, Mac, Linux, Unix, etc.

SST's initial ADC products are packaged in a 32-pin DIP package and are available in a range of capacities from 8M Bytes to 64M Bytes. SST also plans to announce additional packages and higher density offerings of the ADC in the future.


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