M-Systems Improves Speed with New Embedded USB Flash Disk Storage

7/22/2003 - M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH), a leader in flash-based data storage products, introduced USB flash disk storage to the embedded market. Simultaneously, the Company unveiled the technology foundation for its upcoming uDiskOnChip product, a new flash storage plug-and-play module incorporating USB 2.0.

M-Systems has garnered wide support for this solution from leaders in the embedded community, such as Wyse, TECO and MontaVista, that are looking for performance, reliability and security enhancements that are currently not available in legacy products.

"The embedded market is ready for a new technology that addresses higher capacity, reliability and security in a way that meets performance and time-to-market requirements," said Jim Handy, director of nonvolatile memory services, Semico Research Corp. "M-Systems is supporting this trend through the introduction of an improved USB connector while addressing the cost competitive nature of the market."

"There is a need to move from legacy architectures such as IDE to new architectures and technologies trickling into the embedded space from the world of personal computers," said Yoram Zylberberg, M-Systems' associate vice president for the embedded market. "We believe USB flash disk storage is the future of embedded code and data storage, and the momentum is building, illustrated by the support of our thin client, OS, SBC and IPC partners."

While the USB 2.0 protocol is a key component to performance, M-Systems' technology foundation for uDiskOnChip delivers additional value through patented USB flash disk innovation from its DiskOnKey division combined with proven DiskOnChip embedded storage products. These supporting technologies include M-Systems' Fly-ByTM, TrueFFS® and SuperMAPTM.

Fly-ByTM acceleration algorithms maximize the capabilities of the USB 2.0 high-speed interface. This optimization enables read rates as high as 9MB/sec, resulting in the fastest OS boot and application loading rates. Write rates reach 7MB/sec, enabling faster file storage, update and caching.

Data reliability and extended lifespan are achieved using M?Systems' industry-standard TrueFFS® flash file system algorithms, which are built into uDiskOnChip's firmware. TrueFFS provides the operating system (OS) with full block device (hard drive) functionality so the uDiskOnChip flash disk appears to the OS and file system as a standard disk drive. At the same time, it transparently provides full flash media management.

M-Systems' SuperMAPTM secure-chip expertise enables built-in security and cryptography in hardware, serving a variety of security-related applications for system designers.

Industry and market leaders are supporting this move to accelerate the penetration of USB flash disks into embedded applications.

"We are quite pleased that M-Systems' TrueFFS flash file system is integrated into uDiskOnChip. Since uDiskOnChip is a Mass Storage Class device, MontaVista Software customers can use uDiskOnChip as a plug-and-play device using MontaVista Linux without further need of proprietary software integration," said Bill Weinberg, director of strategic marketing, MontaVista Software.

"Flash memory capacity is constantly on the rise to support the ever-growing storage requirements of embedded operating systems, software applications and pure data storage. As a result, for some applications, existing legacy technologies are less equipped to maintain fast system performance and an acceptable user experience," said Mark A. Calomeni, vice president of engineering, Wyse Technology. "High performance flash devices with a USB 2.0 interface like uDiskOnChip are ideal storage solutions for the latest generation of embedded systems and broadband applications."

"Combining the proven success of its reliable DiskOnChip with the ease of integration and high performance of USB will give product designers exactly what they need," said Grant Lee, director, IA Division, TECO.

Capacities of the uDiskOnChip flash disk from M-Systems ranging from 128 megabytes to 1 gigabyte are available now for evaluation. Please contact your M-Systems representative regarding evaluation or purchase.

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. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-sys.com.

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