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Microsemi Makes an SSD With Super Tough SATA Connectors

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Microsemi announced its new TRRUST-Stor SSD drives for use in "harsh" environments.

The drives come with a "ruggedized" SATA 6 Gbps connector, which the manufacturer says feature "50 percent lower contact resistance than conventional designs and provide a minimum of 100,000 insertions with little to no performance degradation."

Designed especially for industrial and military applications in which "industry-standard SATA connectors are inadequate" the connector promises to deal effectively with "shock and vibration issues".

"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 2.5-inch, SLC-based drives are currently offered with capacities of 50 and 100 GB, while 200 and 400 GB versions are in development. The manufacturer promises at least 2 million hours MTBF. There was no information on pricing.

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    Marco925 , April 10, 2012 4:16 PM
    Looks expensive
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    oddioguy45 , April 10, 2012 6:24 PM
    I think people are missing the point that this is designed for use in military or high reliability applications not joe schmo surfing the web and playing games.
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    Marco925 , April 10, 2012 4:16 PM
    Looks expensive
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    trumpeter1994 , April 10, 2012 4:27 PM
    so if i set the cable connector on fire will it still work? o.O
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    maxinexus , April 10, 2012 4:36 PM
    Extremophiles SSD
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    halcyon , April 10, 2012 4:45 PM
    Meh
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    dormantreign , April 10, 2012 4:48 PM
    Toms, would you guys be willing to test this "No signal degradation" they are talking about. I find it to be hogwash really.

    Buy a brand new SSD, do your test like you do, then have staff and people just sit there removing the cables over and over, but not to break it. After 10k or 20k times, run the tests again. I think it would be a great test!
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    jaber2 , April 10, 2012 4:56 PM
    trumpeter1994so if i set the cable connector on fire will it still work? o.O

    I doubt it.
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    foscooter , April 10, 2012 4:57 PM
    A great idea!

    I have a thread in THG about the SATA connector to my OCZ Agility 3 coming off or loosening by themselves.

    Do I get credit? Yet another idea I've had, that someone else ran with.
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    syrious1 , April 10, 2012 5:28 PM
    Am I the only one thinking this? its already an SSD, i.e. no moving parts, so how was it affected by vibration before?

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    pocketdrummer , April 10, 2012 5:32 PM
    "100,000 insertions with little to no performance degradation."

    You guys talking about me again?

    (couldn't help myself...)
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    milktea , April 10, 2012 6:00 PM
    syrious1Am I the only one thinking this? its already an SSD, i.e. no moving parts, so how was it affected by vibration before?

    Solid State devices are not immune to shock and vibration. The IC packaging could go bad given enough G-shock to the hardware. The esata connector could fall off after some very serious vibration. And the friction between the connector's gold contact could wear out from vibration. Obviously not something you'd see in everyday use. But anything could happen for military purposes.
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    oddioguy45 , April 10, 2012 6:24 PM
    I think people are missing the point that this is designed for use in military or high reliability applications not joe schmo surfing the web and playing games.
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    __-_-_-__ , April 10, 2012 6:49 PM
    it's not that people are always plugging sata cables.... er... usually it stays connected to the same cable for a very large amount of time. not like usb devices.
    THAT I would absolutely love! rugged usb connectors. I've broken so many that I've lost count.
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    victorious 3930k , April 10, 2012 7:01 PM
    Why don't you show us the SATA connector then?
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    halcyon , April 10, 2012 8:28 PM
    victorious 3930kWhy don't you show us the SATA connector then?


    Exactly why I wrote, "Meh" earlier. Let's tout how great our SATA connector is...but then hide it because we know you'd want to see it.
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    alxianthelast , April 10, 2012 9:35 PM
    It is the female end of the connector that's being mentioned here, IINM, and they kinda do show it in the picture.
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    iamtheking123 , April 11, 2012 1:11 AM
    "shock and vibration issues".

    a) Locking SATA connector
    b) Hotglue over a SATA connector

    Either one will work without costing an arm and leg.
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    A Bad Day , April 11, 2012 1:23 AM
    Alright, let's see if it really lives up to it's name. Tomshardware, you got a blender, steamroller, bucket of salt with afish-less aquarium, a shotgun and a hammer?