Solid State Drives utilize multi-level cell technology.

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Available in 2 models including 2.5 in. with up to 512 and 256 GB and 1.8 in. with 128 and 64 GB capacities, Series MACH8-MLC multi-level cell based solid state drives are suited for notebook computers and portable media players. Units have read/write speeds of 90/60 MBps, respectively, and support SATA 2.0 and PATA interfaces. They feature 8-channel controller technology as well as ECC and Flash management technologies to ensure data integrity.

Original Press Release:

STEC Announces Industry's First MLC-Based Solid State Drive, Optimized for Notebook Applications, Cutting the Price of Current SSDs by Half

MACH8-MLC SSD Proprietary Eight-Channel Controller Technology Enables the Right Performance and Reliability; Currently Sampling to Customers

SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec 4, 2007 -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC) today announced the industry's first multi-level cell (MLC)-based solid state drive: the MACH8-MLC. Currently sampling to OEM customers, the MACH8-MLC meets the storage requirements of several applications in the high volume portion of the SSD market. Notebook computers and portable media players are among the applications that benefit from MLC-based SSDs due to the need for cost-effective SSD which also provides reduced power consumption, reduced weight and improved reliability.

"STEC continues to provide innovative SSD solutions with advanced controller technology that enables superior performance and reliability, while optimizing costs," said Patrick Wilkison, vice president of marketing and business development for STEC. "Through our long history of SSD development STEC has amassed proprietary technologies to ensure optimal drive-level reliability -- so solving the challenge of performance and reliability for an MLC-based SSD was a subset of the technology previously developed and deployed for enterprise-class SSD. As a result of this latest technology breakthrough, STEC is first to offer an MLC-based SSD solution."

It is widely held that in order for SSDs to be a compelling alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs) in notebook applications, the SSD costs would have to become closer in line with HDD pricing. To achieve the lowest possible cost, the use of MLC NAND is obligatory. The challenge with MLC NAND is its inherently slow write speeds and very low write/erase endurance.

To date, there have not been sufficient break-throughs in SSD to make MLC NAND a viable media for an SSD. In order for MLC NAND to be viable, an SSD must use a high performance controller which can create drive-level performance superior to that of an HDD. Additionally, STEC incorporates advanced ECC and Flash management technology to enable the right levels of data integrity and extended life for SSDs used in notebooks.

"Many notebook OEMs were eagerly waiting for an SSD manufacturer to deliver the right mix of performance and reliability to make MLC-based SSD a reality," said Wilkison. "We expect the MACH8-MLC to dramatically accelerate the adoption of the high volume segment of the SSD market. Rather than availability of viable MLC-based SSD in 2009 as many market pundits anticipated, STEC is delivering this solution today."

Competitive Pricing with Top Performance

An extension to the MACH8 product family, the MACH8-MLC is the first MLC-based NAND product that is viable as a HDD replacement. The MACH8-MLC is fully optimized, providing better performance than HDDs, and it is the most cost-effective SSD in the market.

STEC employs proprietary media management technologies to significantly improve drive-level performance. The MACH8-MLC offers sustained sequential speeds as follows:

o Read: 90MB/s

o Write: 60MB/s

These speed levels, while attainable with today's SLC-based SSD, were not thought possible with MLC-based SSD.

MACH8-MLC supports the following interfaces:

o SATA 2.0


MACH8-MLC achieves unprecedented capacities in SSD, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, in the following form factors:

o 1.8"

o 2.5"

Pricing for SSD has historically precluded SSD from wide adoption in notebooks. The price to make SSD viable in notebook applications is now available. STEC offers this SSD family at pricing of $5/GB today, declining to less than $2/GB within two years.

Pricing and Availability

The MACH8-MLC is available in two models: 2.5" with capacity up to 512GB (in 15mm) and 256GB (in 9.5mm), and 1.8" up to 128GB (in 7mm) and 64GB (in 5mm). Detailed pricing is available upon request. Sales information is available at, via email at or by calling (949) 476-1180.

The product warranty will be three years usage in notebook applications.

About STEC

STEC, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Ana, California, designs, manufactures and markets high performance memory and storage solutions based on Flash and DRAM technologies. For more information, visit the company's web site at


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