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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.