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Flash drive on PMC card supports Linux

May 28, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Solid-state storage specialist Bitmicro Networks is shipping a single-wide PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) version of its E-Disk non-volatile Flash IDE/ATA drive. The E-Disk PMC comes with Linux drivers, and can be used as a boot and/or storage device on CompactPCI, VME, MultiBus, and other carrier boards.

(Click for larger view of E-Disk PMC)

According to Bitmicro, the E-Disk PMC complies with the IEEE 1386.1 PMC standand. It supports I/O rates up to 18,000 IOPS, burst read and write rates up to 66MB/second, and sustained rates up to 28MB/sec. It is available in capacities up to 10GB.

A key feature of E-Disk is that because it is based on Flash memory, it does not need a battery backup for non-volatile data storage. Additionally, the device is available with rugged industrial temperature support, and will soon be offered in a conduction cooled version.

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