SiliconSystems PCMCIA Type II ATA Cross Reference Guide
The following is a SiliconSystems PCMCIA ATA Type II Cross Reference Guide. Locate your part number to the right and place your order online at www.PCcardsDirect.com…
Working with our fab house, here in the USA and former SiliconSystems engineers familiar with fabrication, design and integration we have created a new line of PCMCIA ATA Type II cards. Designating specific suffix endings for maximum compatibility and integration. Eliminating the need for requalification and new design. Customers can now transition to a sustainable SSD storage solution with the confidence and support of a 5 year road map.
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SiliconSystems Compact Flash Cross Reference Guide:
Working with our fab house, here in the USA and former SiliconSystems engineers familiar with fabrication, design and integration we have created a new line of compact flash cards. Designating specific suffix endings for maximum compatibility and integration. Eliminating the need for requalification and new design. Customers can now transition to a sustainable SSD storage solution with the confidence and support of a 5 year road map.
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Beginning in the mid 1990’s as a Sandisk reseller and working with industrial firms to solve their memory storage needs, a relationship quickly developed as solution providers, engineers and repair technicians were looking to solve the growing need of limited SSD storage.
As Sandisk introduced the PCMCIA card more industries began to integrate this form factor into their designs. As the PCMCIA card began to find itself in aircraft, tanks and helicopters, mechanics struggled to keep up with the replacement of these storage cards. When Sandisk discontinued production of PCMCIA cards users looked to other manufacturers to fulfill their requirements. Companies such as SiliconSystems with their unique licensing agreement with Sandisk offered industrial PCMCIA cards in a variety of configurations.
SiliconSystems offered features such as SiDestroy and SiEarse. These features would physically destroy the onboard controller and erase all data with no recovery, respectively.
After a few years SiliconSystems was acquired by Western Digital and the PCMCIA cards were discontinued after the acquisition.
It was getting very difficult for maintenance personnel to support their aircraft without these PCMCIA cards.
It is important to mention that with the advent of new technology and new higher capacities small capacity cards such as:
- 16MB PCMCIA
- 32MB PCMCIA
- 64MB PCMCIA
these capacities were no longer produced and available for older equipment as replacement parts. Older legacy equipment could not recognize newer larger capacity cards due to the limitation in the BIOS.
Recognizing this elimination in supply of smaller capacity PCMCIA Type II ATA PC cards, PCcardsDirect began to offer the a full line of PCMCIA cards from 16MB to 64GB capacities. See www.PCcardsDirect.com… for a complete list of available PCMCIA cards on the market today and available for purchase.
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16GB SSD-P PCMCIA Card
As many traditional suppliers are transitioning to MLC flash from SLC flash memory how can you be sure you are getting industrial grade flash memory products?
Consider this before buying any SLC flash memory:
NOT ALL FLASH MEMORY IS CREATED EQUAL
Though MLC flash memory may be more cost effective to you it is not more reliable that SLC manufactured memory. SLC flash memory includes advanced wear leveling algorithms for better durability and longevity.
Industrial flash cards are temperature rated at -40C to +85C operating temperature. Additional specifications include shock ratings of 1500G and vibration tested to 20G.
Companies looking to replace older flash memory such as Sandisk, Kingston or SiliconSystems, will need to consider the proper level of support in addition to the correct flash hardware component.
Older cards having used the latest chips and BIOS of their time will be difficult to replace. Transitioning to a newer chipset with a new BIOS capable of addressing larger capacities will allow for the transition of legacy hardware to available flash products on the market today.
The search engines will return a plethora of potential hardware suppliers. However you must consider the post support available after you have purchased. Pre & Post support are critical to a smooth transition of hardware components.
One such partner to consider is www.SSDsDirect.com…. Armed with a new interactive website, product reviews, comments and questions related to SLC flash memory offers you the level of support you need to determine the right amount of support needed to complete you project in a successful and timely manner.
Ask your supplier is they offer samples and offer post technical support on the product as it relates to your installation. With you over 15 years of flash memory experience www.PCcardsDirect.com… and its affiliates offers a high level of support no available to most online e-Tail, retail and VAR.
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Before microSD, SD, MMC and Compact Flash the removable flash standard was PCMCIA cards. All laptops came equipment with a PCMCIA slot to accept a PCMCIA ATA type II card.
Still used today by the military and industrial equipment PCMCIA cards are available in different builds, know the difference before you buy.
Like other types of flash memory, PCMCIA cards are available in both MLC and SLC chipsets. those unfamiliar with these standards, the most may be familiar is MLC (Multi Level Cell). Cards built using this method are typically consumer grade and hold a temperature rating of 0C to +70C.
PCMCIA Cards built with SLC chipset are rated at -40C to +85C and typically include some type of error correction and or wear leveling technology as well.
So depending on your environment you will want to choose the appropriate card for your equipment’s needs.
In addition to the temperature and wear leveling technology PCMCIA cards are available in a plastic and metal housing. In a majority of the cases the plastic housings are more affordable and readily available. The metal housing cards have a longer lead time and are more rigid. The specifications such as temperature, vibration and shock are rated the same for both housings.
One additional option that is not usually mentioned are the coatings that may be applied to the components on the cards. One type is acrylic and the other is silicon based. Both are used when additional vibration and shock ratings are needed in order for the cards to meet certain specifications. Keep in mind that when ordering these cards you will void the warranty as no warranty repairs can be performed on the cards after these coatings have been applied.
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1. Western Digital purchased SiliconSystems.
2. After the acquisition Western Digital discontinued production of the PCMCIA ATA Cards. They still continue to offer compact flash cards…For now..
3. The old “-3012” series SiliconSystems cards are no longer available. The new series is the 4000 series. Typically a 6-8 week lead time when purchased in quantities of 60 or more.
4. Why off the shelf cards are not compatible as drop in replacements? SiliconSystems used a proprietary combination of flash and controller to assemble their cards and drives. Many solution providers ensured that their hardware required only SiliconSystems cards to operate.
5. Are any of their options such as SiPurge, SiDestroy still available? There other drives on the market that offer these features. However, they are very expensive and typically cost prohibitive to anyone except the military.
6. Can I make any changes to adapt to these new cards? Yes, typically it was the software that was configured to look for certain sectors on the SiliconSystems card. If you have access to the code you can change it to write to any sector of a card.
7. As the market for flash memory decreases the cost associated to develop, manufacture and promote these products continue to increase. In a shrinking market it is difficult for companies to spend millions of dollars and operate in the black. As a result we will continue to see legacy products disappear from the marketplace.
What options are available to continue to service and maintain legacy hardware still in operation today? In the past five years we have had PCMCIA cards make a resurgence. Specially industrial grade high temperature rated PCMCIA cards. Older voice PBX systems, routers and large scale locomotives all still require this form factor. In all of these sectors it is not cost effective to upgrade the hardware to accommodate a card with a modern chip configuration.
PCcardsDirect has assembled a compatible PCMCIA ATA PC Card with an enhanced controller for better compatibility with older SiliconSystems cards. Before you scrap your old hardware you will want to test a this new card. Available from 64MB to 16GB capacities at: www.pccardsdirect.com…
Since the departure of Sandisk from the PCMCIA arena, SiliconSystems picked up the torch and has been running with it. However, since the purchase of SiliconSystems by Western Digital, the PCMCIA PC Card form factor is no longer available as SiliconSystems. So all of those “SSD-P” part numbers are no more. Now this is not true for the compact flash cards. Western Digital still offers CF cards. However this too has changed from the traditional “-3012” suffix to the newer 4000 series. Engineers still looking for compatible cards are urged to consider the “-S” configuration offer by PCcardsDirect. This card offers the same controller as those used by the older now unavailable SiliconSystems Company. Available in fixed and removable bit, engineers and technicians may order a sample to test and QC. In certain instances software may have been developed to only write to the SiliconSystems card. In this case changes to the code will have to take place. For a listing of available card options visit: www.PCcardsDirect.com…