M-Systems' DiskOnChip Helps Wyse to Break Cost and Performance Barriers in New Line of Thin Client Computers

10/10/2002 - M-Systems, a leader in flash-based data storage products, and Wyse® Technology, the worldwide leader in secure, managed thin clients, announced that the DiskOnChip flash disk will be included as the local storage device within "Gaea" series thin client computers from Wyse.

"Gaea" is a new line of Linux-based terminals designed to meet the needs of enterprises in Asia seeking network computers that offer security, affordability, reliability and ease of management. DiskOnChip, in addition to contributing to these qualities, provides 32 megabytes (256 megabits) of capacity for data, OS (operating system) and BIOS (basic input/output system) storage.

Insyde Software, a leading global provider of BIOS/firmware and consulting services, provides the BIOS used within "Gaea" terminals. "The BIOS storage capability of M-Systems' DiskOnChip Millennium Plus allows Wyse to lower their bill of materials (BOM) cost on each and every 'Gaea' thin client," said Barry Chuang, vice president of marketing, Insyde Software Taiwan. "Through our integration efforts, Wyse can replace the read only memory (ROM) - conventionally used for BIOS storage - with DiskOnChip, a more economic and efficient solution that offers many additional advantages."

The DiskOnChip Millennium Plus represents the first time a complex controller has been combined with a flash memory chip on a single piece of silicon to form a monolithic 32MB flash disk. Instead of needing to utilize a separate boot device for BIOS storage in addition to a flash disk, manufacturers may use the DiskOnChip Millennium Plus for both boot execute in place (XIP) and data storage functions.

"DiskOnChip was a natural choice for inclusion in our new line of thin client computers," said Davis Peng, director of Wyse's R&D Division. "In addition to allowing us to break significant cost and performance barriers, DiskOnChip provides the highest protection against software corruption or failure. This reliability adds to the low TCO (total cost of ownership), also made possible through the royalty-free status of the Linux OS and the low cost of the SiS550 chipset."

"Gaea" thin clients contain a SiS550 chipset from SiS, a company that specializes in system on chip (SoC) solutions that contribute to low power consumption and lower overall cost.

"Late last year, we worked with SiS to integrate our DiskOnChip as the flash disk and BIOS storage device within SiS550 reference designs. I am pleased to see that our efforts have come to fruition today in this new line of thin client computers from Wyse," said Yigal Ben-Zeev, associate vice president for M-Systems' DiskOnChip. "Through the combination of efforts by SiS, Insyde, Wyse and M-Systems, 'Gaea' thin clients offer reliability and high performance at a very competitive price."

"I am very pleased that our chipset is powering the 'Gaea' thin client product from Wyse," said YW Hwang, Director of SiS's IA Product Division. "This is our first project with Wyse and I am looking forward to the availability of these thin clients so that we can purchase some for use within our own company."

"Gaea" thin client computers from Wyse are scheduled to enter mass production this quarter and to be marketed in Southeast Asia and China soon after.

About SiS
SiS was founded in 1987 and is located in the Hsin Chu Science-based Industrial Park in Northern Taiwan. The company focuses on developing, manufacturing and marketing leading-edge logic products, including core logic, multimedia and connectivity.

About Wyse
Wyse Technology is the worldwide leader in thin clients. The Wyse Winterm line of business desktops provides a secure, manageable, affordable, and reliable alternative to personal computers, maximizing IT budgets and minimizing the risk of unauthorized access to critical information. The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, with offices worldwide.

About M-Systems
M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) is a leader and innovator of flash-based data storage products known as flash disks. M-Systems' flash disks provide the functionality of a mechanical hard drive in a silicon chip. M-Systems' products are based on its patented TrueFFS® technology and target applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile and telecom. M-Systems' products include the DiskOnChip®, DiskOnKey® and Fast Flash Disk (FFDTM) product families.

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