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Mercury Systems develops new SSDs for defence applications

20 May 2018
Mercury Systems TRRUST-Stor secure SSD features triple-level cell NAND flash memory operating in single-level cell mode with advanced algorithms in a BGA package. Source: Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems has developed a new generation of ball grid array (BGA)-based solid state drives (SSDs) that have a 10-fold increase in performance as well as improved security over its earlier secure SSD products.

The TRRUST-Stor secure SSD is optimised for embedded computing applications in forward-deployed operating environments, the company said in a statement.

Available in storage capacities of up to 256 GB, the new device features triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory operating in single-level cell (SLC) mode combined with advanced algorithms in a ruggedised, ultra-compact 22 mm × 32 mm BGA package, according to Mercury Systems.

“It was driven by the need for this soldered down SSD that you can't remove by just pulling it out,” Bob Lazaravich, director of secure storage at Mercury Systems, told Jane’s .

Lazaravich noted that soldering the SSD onto the processor board could make it more discreet.

“No one really knows which integrated circuit (IC) it really is if it is soldered down somewhere on the processor board,” he said.

Additionally, customers and manufacturers no longer have to buy separate SSDs or power supplies, so it makes the new TRRUST-Stor secure SSD power efficient.

“It allows manufacturers to make processor boards and include storage right on the board, without having to add that in as a separate external device with cables and wires; it just becomes another IC that gets soldered down," he added.

Although the TRRUST-Stor secure SSD could be installed into a laptop, Lazaravich noted most of the large computer companies building laptops use a form factor such as M.2 (previously known as the Next Generation Form Factor).

M.2, which replaced mSATA, is a specification for internally mounted computer expansion cards and associated connectors.

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