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SuperTalent beefs up DuraDrives with SATA option

SuperTalent has announced a new feature on its enterprise-grade DuraDrive embedded SSD series: standard SATA connectivity.

Designed for high-performance embedded computing environments where consumer-grade electronics are traditionally looked upon with scorn - such as the military, medical, and industrial markets - SuperTalent's DuraDrive series has been previously available with old-fashioned PATA and embedded-centric ZIF interfaces, but now can be ordered with SATA connections instead.

It's a shrewd move: while embedded systems manufacturers have typically shied away from SATA in favour of older, tried-and-tested connectivity options, there's no denying that PATA is dying out - and ZIF is unsuitable for many mounting systems.

By adding SATA connectivity to the DuraDrive range, SuperTalent not only ensures that future embedded platforms can take advantage of the high-speed 3Gb/s SATA connectivity, but opens up the DuraDrive to new markets as a drop-in replacement for any 2.5-inch SATA storage device.

As befits an enterprise-grade piece of hardware, there are features on the DuraDrive series missing from typical SSD models: support for the Secure Erase functionality of the SATA specification, error checking and correction support, and operating temperatures ranging from -40ºC to +85ºC, and use of Single-Level Cell (SLC) NAND flash all single the drives out as being a breed apart from consumer-grade drives.

Sadly, while SuperTalent has concentrated on the reliability and longevity of the drives, speed has taken something of a back seat. Although the DuraDrive series is certainly no slouch, rated at 125MB/s read and 110MB/s write, it is sorely outclassed by recent consumer-level drives that can offer significantly better performance for a fraction of the cost.

Speaking of which, SuperTalent isn't: while it has announced the immediate availability of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB DuraDrive AT2 models with SATA connectivity, it's being a little more coy with the pricing - but expect to pay top price if you need the reliability the company is promising. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.