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This Internal SSD Connects Via 10-Pin USB Port

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It's a SSD that connects to the 10-pin USB port located on the motherboard.

TechPowerUp points the way to a rather cool SLC NAND-based solid state drive that connects to an empty, 10-pin internal USB port located on the motherboard.

Measuring 8.2 (L) x 15.3 (W) x 6.2 (H) mm, the SIP eUSB SSD mounts on one USB internal header cluster and provides a fixed storage solution ranging from 512 MB to 4 GB. Thanks to USB 2.0, the drive provides transfer speeds of up to 30 Mb/s, and can be used as a bootable drive in servers or embedded and IPC systems. It also has an endurance of >2,000,000 cycles, and should retain user data for around 10 years.

"It utilizes advanced Static and Dynamic Wear leveling to increase endurance and built in error correction for data integrity," said ATP Electronics. "Using an industry leading SIP (System In Package) technology manufacturing process which encapsulates all exposed components and points of failure, the ATP SIP eUSB SSD is fully water/moisture proof, dust proof, shock proof, vibration proof and ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) proof."

Currently pricing and availability isn't known, however ATP Electronics lists Wal-Mart, Target, and even Belk as suppliers.

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    a-nano-moose , April 23, 2010 7:49 PM
    It would have been better if it was USB 3
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    JasonAkkerman , April 23, 2010 7:53 PM
    Sooo... it's a glorified flash drive? That you cant remove?(easily)
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    dj1001 , April 23, 2010 7:57 PM
    JasonAkkermanSooo... it's a glorified flash drive? That you cant remove?(easily)


    yep
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    Anonymous , April 23, 2010 7:45 PM
    WoW getting me one'a those
  • 22 Hide
    a-nano-moose , April 23, 2010 7:49 PM
    It would have been better if it was USB 3
  • 22 Hide
    JasonAkkerman , April 23, 2010 7:53 PM
    Sooo... it's a glorified flash drive? That you cant remove?(easily)
  • 14 Hide
    dj1001 , April 23, 2010 7:57 PM
    JasonAkkermanSooo... it's a glorified flash drive? That you cant remove?(easily)


    yep
  • 14 Hide
    shin0bi272 , April 23, 2010 7:59 PM
    I'll take a 64gb version on usb3.0 plz
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    krotkdm , April 23, 2010 8:19 PM
    Hmmm, is it MBs or mbs?

    Per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_rate_units, 'b' stands for 'bit' and 'B' stands for 'byte'. However, it has been suggested that 'bit' should not be abbreviated since it's already an abbreviation for "binary digit", and the difference between bit and byte can lead to confusion. In the context of data rate units, one byte refers to 8 bits.

    According to the manufacturer's website, MBytes/sec
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    hellwig , April 23, 2010 8:27 PM
    You are all looking at this the wrong way. This is a solution for kiosks that might normally use Compact Flash plugged directly into an IDE (PATA) port. Since IDE is going the way of the Dodo, vendors need other solutions for small, reliable storage. Since I don't think any existing flash solution utilizes the SATA protocol (CF natively used IDE), this is a viable solution for people looking to update their systems.

    Oh crap, I guess I missed the very last line. If this is for kiosks, why are they selling it at Walmart?

    Ok, new solution. This is for Windows Readyboost. I mean, I have an old 2GB flash drive sticking out the back of my computer for just this purpose. It might be nice (if the price is right) to instead house that flash drive internally where it wasn't at risk of falling out or breaking off. Yeah, that sounds reasonable.
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    thebigt42 , April 23, 2010 8:28 PM
    Zzzzzzzzz
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    Anonymous , April 23, 2010 9:00 PM
    This would be twice as cool if it just plugged directly into a SATA port instead.
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    tpi2007 , April 23, 2010 9:13 PM
    I don't get something here: it it connects to a 10-pin connector on the Motherboard, it means it's effectively occupying 2 usb headers.

    In that case, why does it only have the performance of a single connection (30mb/s) ?

    I was expecting something that could use the two ports together like some kind of RAID and speed up the reading and writing process. Like it is, it's just a high quality usb pen with differet contacts, but taking up twice the hearders without any performance improvment. I'll pass that.
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    chainsaw667 , April 23, 2010 9:48 PM
    http://www.everythingusb.com/super_talent_readyboost_2gb_12525.html

    Snoresville nothing really new here, these came out with vista, they are just calling this an SSD.
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    chainsaw667 , April 23, 2010 9:49 PM
    http://www.everythingusb.com/super_talent_readyboost_2gb_12525.html

    not new, maybe faster and have more bling but old concept.
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    Anonymous , April 23, 2010 9:54 PM
    Why is this news exactly? There were at least three companies that made it to market with these back when Vista came out for Readyboost. I'm pretty sure Tom covered them then.
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    Drag0nR1der , April 23, 2010 9:57 PM
    tpi2007I don't get something here: it it connects to a 10-pin connector on the Motherboard, it means it's effectively occupying 2 usb headers...


    Good point
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    spoofedpacket , April 24, 2010 1:17 AM
    Anyone who thinks permanently attached USB storage devices are a good idea has not a good understanding of how USB works or has something to sell you.

    Sure, I want my primary storage device on a hub with my mouse, keyboard, color calibrator, printer, headset, and ipod so when one of those devices cause the USB bus to hang I'll lose any and all cached writes. /hurrr
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    micky_lund , April 24, 2010 1:38 AM
    wow..way to cut down the throughput
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    jhansonxi , April 24, 2010 1:41 AM
    This could be useful for adding Splashtop to MBs that don't have the embedded flash device for it.
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    hp79 , April 24, 2010 5:09 AM
    Even though it use two USB, think of situation where you want to boot from it. It can't be in RAID mode. My guess is that it must be two separate drives, one for OS and one for storage. So you only get up to 30 MB/s.
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    beayn , April 24, 2010 7:21 AM
    What's the point of an SSD if it's limited by USB2.0 speeds?
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    abbadon_34 , April 24, 2010 9:03 AM
    good idea, bad implementation
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