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TDK Releases GBDisk® RA6 Series of Silicon Disks
for Industrial Equipment

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TDK Releases GBDisk® RA6 Series of Silicon Disks
for Industrial Equipment

New disk features industry's first* manageable rewritable lifespan and is SMART command compatible

GBDisk(R) RA6 Series of Silicon Disks for Industrial Equipment
GBDisk® RA6 Series of Silicon Disks for Industrial Equipment

March 8, 2007

TDK Corporation announces the development and release of the GBDisk® RA6 series of silicon disk modules with a maximum storage capacity of 8 GBytes. Production is scheduled to begin in April 2007.

As the storage capacities of NAND Flash memories increase while their prices fall, silicon disks that combine multiple memories for use as hard disk drive (HDD) replacements are attracting considerable attention. Since NAND Flash memories do not use motors or other moving components, they offer excellent shock resistance and low power consumption compared to HDDs. Industrial equipment does not require the large storage capacities of HDDs, but do have considerably more rigorous demands for concussion resistance and low power consumption, driving up demand for silicon disks. The GBDisk® RA6 series meets these demands.

The NAND Flash memory controller, a necessity for silicon disks, is the GBDriver® RA6, a controller IC developed by TDK that has an established track record in industrial applications. This enables a high level of distributed processing when writing data to the memory and maximum effective use of each Flash memory recording block, enhancing reliability. In addition, the GBDisk® RA6 modules are the industry's first* silicon disks that are compatible with SMART commands, simplifying management of bad memory blocks and making it possible to forecast the rewritable lifespan so advance warnings can be issued.

The physical size is approximately the same as a 2.5-inch HDD, and the maximum storage capacity is 8 GBytes. In addition, an HDD interface is embedded, making the transition from HDDs to silicon disks easy. The devices offer outstanding concussion resistance and are guaranteed up to 1,500 G during operation. The main target market is industrial equipment applications.

* As of March 8, 2007, according to TDK investigations.

Recording media for industrial equipment operating systems, file systems, user data, and so on. Recording media for devices that require low power consumption such as mobile PCs and devices that must withstand rigorous environmental conditions (vibration, high altitude, etc.).
Main Featuress
  1. High-Speed Read/Write
    The GBDisk® RA6 series supports the Ultra DMA host interface and employs a new Flash memory control format, enabling it to achieve burst-write performance of 23 MBytes/s (equivalent to 150X speed) and host read performance of 24 MBytes/s (equivalent to 160X speed). Optimized write control on the host side provides for write operations at stable transfer rates.
  2. Outstanding Error Correction and Recovery Functions
    The GBDisk® RA6 series is equipped with a four-symbol (40 bit)/sector ECC function. ECC functions have been improved with regard to the bit error phenomenon seen when the latest NAND Flash memory is used and an auto-recovery function added to correct errors automatically within the controller when reading data.
  3. Improved Power Interruption Tolerance
    The GBDisk® RA6 completely prevents collateral errors that results in the corruption of data other than the data being written if power is interrupted when writing data.
  4. Compatible with the Latest Flash Memory
    GBDisk® RA6 modules support the latest two-plane write Flash memories. They support the Flash memory chips of all Flash memory venders including new market entrants from 128 Mbits to 8 Gbits, addressing a wide range of applications from small capacities for embedded OSs to large capacities for music and video streaming.
Production and Sales Plan
  • Sample price : 80,000 yen/unit (8 GBytes)
  • Production locations : Japan
  • Production capacity : 10,000 units/month (planned)
  • Start of production : April 2007

* GBDisk® and GBDriver® are registered trademark of TDK Corporation.

For further information, contact the Corporate Communications Dept.
Tel.: 81-3-6778-1055