updated 01:10 pm EDT, Sat May 24, 2008
Compact Flash RAID in 2.5"
Sans Digital has introduced Compact Flash (CF) enclosures, a new class of storage designed around flash media. The CompactSTOR CS1T and CompactRAID CR2T convert the widely popular Compact Flash card to a single 2.5-inch SATA hard drive storage device. The CS1T houses one Compact Flash card, while the CR2T supports spanning and RAID 1 (mirroring) by housing up to two Compact Flash cards. Unlike existing RAID units that utilize hard drives for storage space, the CS1T / CR2T uses pocket-sized lightweight Compact Flash cards as storage memory.
Designed with the same size and connectors as a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive, both units are compatible with the hard drive slot of laptops, industrial PCs (IPC), small form factor computers, and 2.5-inch hard drive enclosures. By utilizing Compact Flash cards as storage, both storage units feature the same benefits as Solid State Disks (SSD), including less power consumption, minimized heat generation, shock prevention, and noiseless operation -- at a fraction of the cost of the current SSD drives in the market.
The installed Compact Flash cards and hardware components within the units are concealed by dust-free covers to prevent dirt and static buildup. The CS1T supports the latest Compact Flash capacity, while the CR2T doubles that capacity by operating two cards in spanning mode.
"The CS1T and CR2T makes data backup and protection possible in a restricted environment," states Grandy Chen, President of Sans Digital. "The units are designed using standard 2.5" hard drive connectors, making instant upgrades possible by providing mirroring in laptops and IPC computers, where only a single 2.5" hard drive could be installed."