FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. (SMART) (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of memory modules, embedded computing subsystems, and TFT-LCD display products, has announced today its new XceedLite parallel ATA (PATA) solid state drive (SSD). The latest addition to its industrial grade SSD product family, the high-density and space-saving XceedLite PATA 1.8" SSD offers the industry's lowest power consumption making it ideal for mobile applications.

Operating from +3.3 to +5 VDC, the XceedLite PATA SSD typically draws 80mA current in read, 70mA in write, and 9mA in passive mode. It is particularly well suited for use in growth markets such as tablet PCs, ruggedized notebooks, embedded computing, industrial applications, and medical equipment in which battery life, durability and reliability are critical.

SMART's new XceedLite PATA SSD supports 8-bit or 16-bit data register transfers, and up to programmed input/output (PIO) Mode 6, Multi-Word direct memory access (DMA) Mode 4, and Ultra DMA Mode 5. For greater versatility, lower weight, and reduced overall footprint, the XceedLite PATA SSD is also available without its rugged 70.60 x 53.60 x 2.59 mm enclosure.

Designed to industrial grade specifications, the XceedLite PATA SSD leverages advanced on-board error detection and correction algorithms, combined with static and dynamic wear-leveling techniques, to ensure years of reliable operation. By using only single-level cell (SLC) NAND Flash technology instead of multi-level cell (MLC) technology, SMART increased the reliability of its XceedLite PATA SSD by 10X and speed by 2X. SMART industrial grade Flash products are also available with an extended temperature range of -40C to +85C.

According to the October 2007 Web-Feet Research report Solid State Drives (SSD) Markets and Applications 2007-2012, the total market for the 1.8" SSD form factor will be $147M in 2008 and grow to $1B by 2012. With early entry into the 1.8" SSD market, SMART is poised to offer its customers competitive advantages in power consumption and reliability. "The new XceedLite 1.8" product is specifically designed for portable applications in which low power consumption and rugged design are critical features," said Alan Gulachenski, SMART's Senior Director of Advanced Memory Solutions. "By adding a 1.8" PATA option to our industrial grade SSD product portfolio, SMART is well positioned to accommodate the demands of this growing market."

For more information about the XceedLite PATA 1.8" SSD, contact your SMART sales representative or visit


SMART is a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs. SMART offers more than 500 standard and custom products to OEMs engaged in the computer, industrial, networking, gaming, telecommunications, and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash memory in various form factors. Its Embedded Products Division develops embedded computing subsystems, backed by design and manufacturing, for markets supporting test equipment, 3G infrastructure and network processing applications. SMART's Display Products Group designs, manufactures and sells thin film transistors (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) solutions to customers developing casino gaming systems as well as embedded applications such as kiosk, ATM, point-of-service, and industrial control systems. SMART's presence in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and supply-chain management worldwide. See for more information.

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Contact Information: Contact: Joy Donohue SMART Modular Technologies (978) 805-2164