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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

SST Announces Industry's Smallest ATA Solid-State Storage Devices

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SUNNYVALE , Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSTI)), a leader in flash memory technology, today announced the industry's smallest ATA solid-state storage devices, giving mobile and embedded system designers an easy way to adopt a NAND flash data storage solution. By leveraging SST's proven NAND controller technology, innovative multi-chip packaging expertise and a widely used industry-standard ATA/IDE interface, SST's NANDrive device manages all NAND flash complexities and allows designers to quickly integrate this mass data storage solution intotheir designs without having to make any firmware changes. NANDrive iscompatible with all mobile, embedded and desktop operating systems thatsupport an ATA interface. Customers designing NANDrive into their system canutilize its ease of integration to accelerate their time to market.

"Our NANDrive is an easy-to-use solid state storage solution that will revolutionize the way an embedded system designer uses NAND flash devices," said Frank Lin , vice president of Application Specific Products Business Lineat SST. "Embedded system designers adopting our solution will no longer need to deal with the hassles associated with rapidly changing NAND technologies, while enjoying its cost improvement benefits."

NANDrive uses a standard embedded OS software stack, giving embedded system designers the ability to no longer face the trouble of host software revalidation cycles. In contrast, existing solutions require changing host-side vendor-specific software to support new NAND flash devices. Additionally, with existing solutions, when NAND flash devices migrate to newprocess geometries, new NAND controllers are needed, resulting in increased inventory exposure.

SST's NANDrive offers customers a compact and rugged storage alternative, a significant requirement in today's mobile applications. In addition, SST'smass data storage solution uses a fraction of the power that hard disk drivesrequire, while maintaining high performance.

Providing system designers a wide range of storage capacities and for easy upgrade, SST will offer NANDrive in three form factors, all with the same common ball layout. The first of such form factors introduced today -- the "micro-NANDrive" with dimensions of 12mm x 18mm x 1.4mm -- will initially accommodate 128 MByte to 512 MByte storage capacities. SST will introduce the other two form factors and their storage capacities in future announcements.

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