TDK Corporation announced the launch in April 2010 of the SHG2A series of half slim type solid state drive (SSD) modules. The new modules, which have a maximum capacity of 32 GB, are about one half the size of a 1.8-inch hard disk drive (HDD).The new drives are half slim Flash drives equipped with GBDriver RS2 series SATA controller ICs produced by TDK. They support high-speed access with an efficient read speed of 95 MB/s and an efficient write speed of 55 MB/s. They also possess powerful error correction capabilities ascendible to 15-bit/sector error correction code (ECC), offering high levels of data reliableness. Also, the use of an internal power supply protection circuit prevents faults in the event of power break. These SATA Flash drives are also equipped with an auto-recovery function that automatically recovers data when read disturbance errors come about from continual reading of data, making them perfect for automotive applications such as car navigation systems.TDK has attained substantial increases in the life spans of semiconductor memory storage devices. A static wear leveling function developed by TDK equalizes data writing between all of the Flash memory blocks, raising the life of the memory. SMART (self-monitoring and analysis reporting technology) data makes it possible to grasp the amount of times each memory block is rewritten (deleted) and diagnose drive status in real-time, facilitating determinable appraisal of the length of silicon disks used in systems. In addition, a life assesment tool is going to be made publicly accessible for the very first time in the world and can be downloaded from TDK's website, allowing customers to monitor the lifetime of half slim SSDs in their systems.The drives also feature an advanced encryption function using the 128-bit AES encryption that has been registered as United States Department of Commerce Federal Information Processing Standards FIPS PUB197. Data is automatically encrypted before writing to the Flash memory, preventing data leaks and tampering. A leading level of storage security is provided to stop unauthorized copying and other data risks by using both ATA standard security functions and an original TDK password lock function.TDK's SHG2A series of industrial half slim SSDs are desirable as substitutes for HDDs and allow high-speed performance, data reliability, storage life span, and data security at the most utmost stages in the industry. TDK also offers technical support through a specialized field application engineer (FAE) program to see customer assurance in these new products.Solid-state drives ExplainedA solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data. An SSD imitates a hard disk drive interface, hence easily exchanging it in almost applications. An SSD using SRAM or DRAM (instead of flash memory) is often called a RAM-drive, not to be confused with a RAM disk. Lately, NAND based flash memory has become the popular for most SSD's.The primary use of the term "solid-state" (from solid-state physics) refers to the use of semiconductor devices rather than electron tubes but, in the present context of use, has been adopted to recognise solid-state electronics from electromechanical devices. With no moving parts, solid-state drives are less fragile than hard disks and are also silent (unless a cooling fan is used); as there are no mechanical delays, they normally enjoy low access time and latency.