SMART Modular Technologies Delivers High-Performance, I-Temp, MIL-STD-810 Rated 2.5" Solid-State Drive with Data Security for Mission-Critical Defense Applications

Targeted at defense and industrial applications, the Xcel-100 features superior random and sequential performance, an industrial temperature range, high shock and vibration tolerance, and ATA-7 Security Erase.

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NEWARK, CA, October 10, 2010 - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. ("SMART" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of memory modules and solid-state storage products, today announced the Xcel-100 solid-state drive (SSD) for mission-critical defense and industrial applications.

Optimized for rugged applications that require high-performance, SMART's new Xcel-100 SSD achieves up to 30,000 IOPS random read/write and 250MB/s sustained read/write. Validated to MIL-STD-810F, the Xcel-100 is designed to thrive in an operating temperature range that extends from -40°C to +85°C, with the ability to sustain 50g operating shock and 16.4g operating vibration.

Featuring a SATA 3Gb/s interface, the new SSD is available in 50, 100, and 200GB capacities using single level cell (SLC) flash. The Xcel-100 offers high reliability and data integrity that is supported by extensive error-correction and detection capabilities, multi-level data-path and code protection, data-fail recovery, and data-integrity monitoring. The Xcel-100 also supports the ATA-7 Security Erase feature for applications where data elimination is required.

"The Xcel-100 product line leverages the best elements of SMART's broad capabilities, combining enterprise-level performance with ruggedized packaging that is uniquely suited for a wide range of defense applications, including data recording, moving map, and portable computing," said John Scaramuzzo, SMART's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Business Unit. "One of the primary goals of our defense customers is to develop systems that achieve greater throughput and bandwidth in a smaller footprint using less power. The Xcel-100 is a perfect fit for these applications."

The SMART Xcel-100 SSDs are currently sampling to key customers with volume quantities scheduled for November 2010.

SMART will showcase the Xcel-100 SSD in booth #329 at the International Telemetering Conference (Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA) from October 26 – 28, 2010. For additional information regarding SMART's SSD products, 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, enterprise, industrial, networking, gaming, telecommunications, defense, aerospace 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. SMART also offers high performance, high capacity solid state drives, or SSDs, for enterprise, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., 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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Joy Donohue
SMART Modular Technologies
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