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Datakey Unveils New RUGGEDrive Portable Memory for Flash Drives

Apr 25 2011, 9:44am CDT | by , in News | Computer Hardware

Datakey Unveils New RUGGEDrive Portable Memory for Flash Drives
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Flash storage that can survive chemicals and more

When it comes to storage that will be used on the go or in the commercial setting where the daily life of a tech product can be very rough, you need something rugged. Datakey electronics has announced that it has a new rugged memory line that is perfect for use in OEM flash drives and other gear. The RUGGEDrive system has the same functionality of USB flash drives and SD cards in a reliable and secure package.

The memory tokens inside the RUGGEDrive system are made using a solid over-mold process with a rugged plastic composite that protects internal components and allows for their use in harsh environments. The memory is so rugged the maker says it will work in military, industrial, and medical settings. In the medical setting, the most important bit is that the tokens can survive sterilization and chemical exposure.

The memory tokens will only interface with Datakey Electronics mating receptacles. These have a high level of security and the unique physical connection between the token and the reading receptacle makes the data very hard to transfer to an unauthorized system. The RUGGEDrive system can survive 50K cycles in harsh environments whereas the average USB and SD cards are only rated for 1,500 to 10,000 cycles. The RUGGEDrive comes in capacities up to 32GB.

“The RUGGEDrive line departs from the limitations of the USB and SD form factors to deliver a significantly more rugged, portable memory solution,” says Brian Mishuk, Business Development Engineer at Datakey Electronics. “Consumer memory devices, like microSD cards, are designed for use in small consumer electronic devices, such as cameras and mobile phones, where ruggedness is abandoned in exchange for small size. Our RUGGEDrive line of memory products puts the basic functionality of USB flash drives and SD cards into a more durable, secure package that better meets the needs of demanding OEM applications.”

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