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Apacer Technology

Apacer Technology Inc. is a global leader in memory module and digital storage for both hardware and software research and development. Since the company's inception, Apacer's focus on recording, reproducing and retaining digital data of all kinds, allows our customers to"Access the best" memory products and services. Apacer is the fifth largest independent DRAM module supplier with a global sales and marketing network to support distributors, OEMs, and retail customers. Apacer has built a reputation for memory modules that offer high performance, reliability and value. Apacer also provides some of the newest and most exciting digital mobile entertainment devices that play, record, share and store the digital content that is part of everyday life. For more information about Apacer, please visit www.apacer.com.

See also:- Apacer - editor mentions in STORAGEsearch.com, Apacer's in dustrial SSD page

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Apacer selected mentions in SSD market history
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In January 2009 - Apacer launched a miniature SLC flash SSD - the Mini SAFD 25M - which fits into 1/2 the footprint of a 2.5" SSD. Capacity ranges from 256MB to 16GB and R/W speed is 35MB/s and 25MB/s respectively. A shell is available for users who want to mount this in a 2.5" hard disk slot.

In March 2009 - Apacer launched the SAFD 254 range of SATA 2.5" SLC flash SSDs. Aimed at the industrial market, operating temperate is from -40°C to + 85°C. Capacity is from 8GB to 128GB. R/W speeds are 150MB/s and 130MB/s respectively. Internal S.M.A.R.T technology logs spare blocks and erase counts. ECC corrects upto 8 bit errors per 512 bytes. Power consumption is 400mA (active), 140mA (idle). Volume production starts in Q2 2009 - with antipicated prototype price of $900 for the 128GB model.

In June 2010 - Apacer started sampling its 1st SSDs which comply with JEDEC's spec MO-300 for mSATA SSD - which is about 75% smaller than a typical 2.5" SSD.

Apacer's miniature SATA Disk Module II M1 SLC SSD has R/W speeds upto 100MB/sec and capacities options from 4GB - 32GB - whereas the MLC version R/W speeds are upto 95MB/s and 50MB/s and MLC capacities are 2x greater. Both new SSD families include global wear leveling, S.M.A.R.T technology, 8-bit/15-bit ECC function and intelligent power failure recovery, and are processed compliant with MIL-STD-810F.

In May 2012 - Apacer launched a new small (50.8 x 29.8mm) mSATA SSD aimed at the Ultrabook market with upto 256GB (MLC) capacity and R/W speed upto 470/200MB/s and 50K IOPS.

In April 10, 2014 - Apacer began sampling water proof (IP57) industrial SATA 3 SSDs in slim SATA form factors.
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Gregory Wong, President, Forward Insights (June 2012) in a footnote comment to the article Adaptive flash care management & DSP IP in SSDs
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Apacer samples water resistant industrial mSATA 3 SSDs
Editor:- April 10, 2014 - With the launch of 2 new devices which are now sampling - Apacer has added SATA 3 performance capabilities and DEVSLP power frugality to its range of mSATA SSDs which are aimed at the industrial SSD market - and can be custom coated to meet IP57 water-proofing and dust-proofing.

Apacer's new SSDs - the mSATA A1 and SFD 18S6 - (available in MO-300 or MO-297 form factors respectively) use 1x nm toggle DDR 2.0 NAND flash and are available in either SLC or MLC versions The MLC models have 475/430MB/sec R/W and upto 65K IOPS and capacity upto 256GB.
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"People look at retail ads for microSD cards and see a 4GB card for ~$5, whereas an industrial grade part is many times that amount.

"Many, younger designers (and some older ones too) think you are trying to pull a fast one on them because the parts look identical and function in the same socket."
Steve Larrivee, Cactus Technologies in reply to a question about SSD education - and the differences between SLC and MLC for embedded industrial SSD projects - (April 8, 2014)

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