Transcend Launches New mSATA and Half-Slim SATA SSD Solutions

Transcend, a renowned manufacturer of diverse data storage solutions, launches three new SSD models targeting industrial sector. Codenamed MSA740 and MSA630, the two models are developed in mSATA form-factor, while their companion, entitled HSD630, has got half-slim SATA format. In retail sale all three SSD lines are available in several capacity variations. Hence, MSA740 with SATA III 6Gb/sec interface goes with 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacities; at the same time, MSA630 and HSD630, featuring SATA II 3Gb/sec interface, go with 32 GB and 64 GB capacities only. All three SSD lines are characterized by a proven durability, stability of operation, and low power consumption, combined with an utmost efficiency.



SSD Transcend MSA740 features 29.85x50.8x4 mm dimensions and is equipped with a powerful controller that promotes for the highest speed showings. The maximal sequential Read/Write speed equals to 520/270 MB/sec correspondingly, while the maximal random Read speed (4KB blocks) …

The New Microchip PIC16F15386 Microcontroller Line Includes 13 Models

The Microchip Technology Co. has presented a new family of eight-bit PIC microcontrollers with core-independent peripherals. Among common features of these models one can highlight the presence of the internal frequency generator (32 MHz) and the memory boot partition security mechanism meant for protection from the faulty rerecording. Moreover, there is a secure device information area (DIA) storing the device unique identifier and calibration constants. The just-launched controllers are supported by the Microchip MPLAB Xpress with MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) framework.



This line of products offers 13 samples possessing 2 Kbyte of RAM and up to 28 Kbyte of onboard flash. The specialties are incorporated into PDIP, SOIC, DFN, UDFN, UQFN and SSOP cases with an 8–48 pin count. The number of ADC and I/O channels has increased.


Presentation samples as well as stock-produced items are already available. Wholesale prices start with $0.33 per unit.

Micron to Carry Out the Production of TLC Memory Next Year

Memory market, similar to other industries, undergoes certain changes and updates from time to time. Therefore, memory manufacturers are currently trying to comply their production with two major tendencies: considerable drop in demand for RAM, employed basically in desktop PCs, and simultaneous growth of demand for solid-state drives, employed in compact tablets and mobile devices. Besides, the latter is developed at lightning speed.



Micron, one of the leading memory manufacturers, feels like no one else all the changes and fluctuations in the market. Its quarterly reports witness about the relentless drop in demand for DRAM (9% drop at average) for the report period. At the same time, increase in SSD segment is estimated at 5% at average. Sales volume of NOR memory type did not outlive serious changes.


According to the preliminary data, Micron is going to carry out the production of memory on TLC microchips, manufactured under 20 nm technological process. The assumed …
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