TDK launches slim type SHG2A series SSDs

TDK Corporation announced today 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 developed by TDK. They support high-speed access with an effective read speed of 95 MB/s and an effective write speed of 55 MB/s. They also feature powerful error correction capabilities scalable to 15-bit/sector error correction code (ECC), providing high levels of data reliability. In addition, the use of an internal power supply protection circuit prevents errors in the event of power interruption. These SATA Flash drives are also equipped with an auto-recovery function that automatically recovers data when read disturbance errors occur from repeated reading of data, making them ideal for automotive applications such as car navigation systems.

TDK SHG2A Series Serial ATA II SSD

TDK has achieved substantial increases in the life spans of semiconductor memory storage devices. A static wear leveling function developed by TDK equalizes data writing among all of the Flash memory blocks, maximizing the life span of the memory. SMART (self-monitoring and analysis reporting technology) data makes it possible to grasp the number of times each memory block is rewritten (erased) and diagnose drive status in real-time, facilitating quantitative assessment of the life spans of silicon disks used in systems. In addition, a life span assessment tool is being made publicly available for the first time in the world and can be downloaded from TDK’s website, enabling customers to monitor the life span 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 high level of storage security is provided to prevent 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 suitable as replacements for HDDs and provide high-speed performance, data reliability, storage life span, and data security at the highest levels in the industry. TDK also provides technical support through a specialized field application engineer (FAE) program to ensure customer confidence in these new products.

Basic Specifications

TDK RS2 series of serial ATA II interface half slim solid state drives
SHG2A series
1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
32 GB
Half Slim Type
Onboard memory
SLC (single-level cell)
NAND Flash memory
MLC (multi-level cell)
NAND Flash memory
Onboard controller
TDK GBDriver RS2
Serial ATA Revision 2.6
Data transfer modes
SATA Gen1: 1.5 Gbps, Gen2: 3.0 Gbps
Data transfer speeds*1 Read (Max)
95 MB/s
95 MB/s
Write (Max)
55 MB/s
28 MB/s
Error correction
8 bit/sector (512 byte) correction (15 bit/sector correction)
Rewritable life span*2
100,000 times × Number of valid blocks regardless of the presence of fixed blocks (e.g., in the case of a 16 GB SSD, 6.3 billion times) SMART data provides information on drive status in real time (the number of times each memory block has been rewritten can be grasped)
3,000 times × Number of valid blocks regardless of the presence of fixed blocks (e.g., in the case of a 32 GB SSD, 900 million times) SMART data provides information on drive status in real time (the number of times each memory block has been rewritten can be grasped)
The life span assessment tool can be downloaded from the TDK website: (Japanese only)
Vibration resistance
15 G(when operating)
Shock resistance
1500 G(when not operating)
900,000 hours
Operating temperature range
0°C – 70°C
(-40°C – 85°C industrial option)
0°C – 70°C
Storage temperature
-25°C to 85°C
Storage/operating humidity range
0% to 90% RH(without condensation)
Power supply voltage
5 V ± 10%
Environmental specifications
RoHS compliant
Production site


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