M-Systems Rolls Out Affordable IDE 4000 Solid-state Flash Disk

4/14/2004 - M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) released its newest solid-state flash disk, the IDE 4000, offering the most affordable flash-based memory solution for telecommunications, public safety and transportation markets. With an ATA interface in 2.5" and 1.8" slim disk casings and capacities up to 4 gigabytes, the IDE 4000 addresses the trend of storage in these markets moving to smaller form-factors as they migrate from conventional hard disk drives.

"The IDE 4000 is designed for mission-critical telecommunication, public safety and transportation systems, which require the superior reliability of a flash disk with a very low cost structure, slimmer casing and lower power consumption," said Ofer Tsur, M-Systems' marketing manager for FFD products. "Building upon the success that we have had with our FFD IDE Plus, we created the IDE 4000 so customers will have an entry level solution from which to choose."

Mission critical systems found in the telecom, public safety and transportation sectors require reliable technology. Down time is not an option. The IDE 4000 provides high data integrity by complying with NEBS level-3 and operates at high altitudes, extreme shocks and vibrations at industrial temperature ranges.

In addition to savings in maintenance costs compared to a mechanical hard drive, the entry-level cost of IDE 4000 also serves to improve overall value (and margins) for products integrating this new product from M-Systems. Like M-Systems' other IDE and SCSI product lines, IDE 4000 is a state-of-the-art solid-state flash disk, designed as a drop-in replacement for mechanical hard disks and supports both programmed input/output (PIO) and direct memory access (DMA) hard disks transfer modes.

M-Systems' IDE 4000 2.5" and 1.8" product line up to 4GB is available now. Please contact your M-Systems representative for purchase information.

About M-Systems' Other IDE/SCSI Flash Disk Products
M-Systems offers a complete line of solid-state flash disk products in 2.5-inch ATA and Ultra ATA, 2.5-inch Narrow SCSI, 3.5-inch Narrow SCSI, and 3.5-inch Ultra-Wide SCSI form factors. For more information, please visit the FFD section of M-Systems' web site at www.m-systems.com/rugged.

About M-Systems
M-Systems designs, develops and markets innovative flash data storage solutions for digital consumer electronics markets. M-Systems primarily targets two fast-growing digital consumer electronics markets: the USB (universal serial bus) flash drive market with its DiskOnKey product and the multimedia mobile handset market with its Mobile DiskOnChip products. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-systems.com.

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