Semiconductor solutions firm Microsemi has announced a new solid state drive (SSD) that tackles the issue of the device becoming disconnected through shock or vibration.

The Trrust-Stor SSD uses redesigned SATA connectors that are resilient enough to withstand these impacts and, as such, the drive is intended for industrial or military use as opposed to individuals.

The price tag subsequently reflects the target market.

However, the technology could indicate the future of SATA connectors in the SSD market.

The drive and its connectors have been developed in partnership with Hypertronics Corporation, a provider of high-performance interconnect systems. They possess a 50 per cent lower contact resistance and guarantee at least 100,000 insertions before any degradation of performance occurs.

"The weakest link in many embedded applications is the connector, which can sabotage the operation of critical hardware," said BJ Heggli, vice president of Strategic Development and assistant general manager for Microsemi.

"Our new connector family protects against the effects of severe shock and vibration, which safeguards the flow of data. As a result, we can now offer customers what is perhaps the most secure and rugged SSD available on the market."

The drive uses mating connectors in cable set, right angle and vertical settings that support SATA rates up to six gigabits per second.

A cable mount version of the SATA connector uses a quarter-turn latching system in order to simplify the fitting process and in order to maintain the connection over an extended period of time.

The product has been tested at length in environmental and temperature situations to ensure its durability.

Charles Leader, vice president and general manager for Microsemi, added, "The addition of a highly ruggedized SATA connector to our secure solid state drive line is further evidence of Microsemi's commitment to provide leading edge ruggedization and security solutions to the marketplace."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801338472-ADNFCR
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