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STEC Announces New s230 Series of Slim SATA SSDs Featuring Power-Fail Protection

STEC Announces New s230 Series of Slim SATA SSDs Featuring Power-Fail
Protection

Highly Reliable Solid-State Drive Delivers Cost-Efficient Storage for
Space-Constrained, Low-Power Embedded System Designs

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC),
a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and
products, today announced the small-form-factor s230 Series of Slim SATA
solid-state drives providing an efficient storage design tailored for embedded
systems.

Anchoring STEC's line of industrial-grade embedded solid-state-storage
solutions that feature SATA and SATA-II SSDs and capacities of up to 50GB, the
s230 is a low-power, small-footprint Slim SATA drive in an industry standard
JEDEC MO-297 format occupying less than half the space of a standard 2.5-inch
drive. It features advanced PowerSafe™ Technology, making it one of the most
reliable and cost-effective devices for space-constrained systems, in which
protection against drive corruption (due to unexpected power loss) is
essential. The s230 is available in a range of cost-effective capacities –
from 8GB to 32GB.

As the industrial SSD market continues to grow – market researcher IDC
projects annual shipments of intelligent embedded systems of nearly 4 billion
units by 2015 – the need for smaller embedded-computing solutions is
increasing.These compact embedded designs require long-endurance and highly
reliable storage solutions that are smaller than today's traditional 2.5- and
1.8-inch rotating-disk or solid-state drives.The s230 Series is ideally
suited for space-constrained, fan-less system designs where traditional
storage solutions are too large.The new compact design of s230 drives fills
the growing need for small-format SATA SSD solutions in both the integrator
and OEM markets.

"STEC is meeting the business demands for cost-effective embedded SSD
solutions that provide protection against unexpected power loss," said Scott
Phillips, senior manager, product marketing at STEC."The s230 Series offers
the best solution for highly integrated systems in which heat dissipation is a
key concern, or where the total system power budget is limited. Through this
product line, we are happy to extend our long track record of supporting the
embedded markets."

The s230 Series is architected as a cost-effective solution for embedded uses,
which include:

  -- system booting

  -- application servers

  -- code storage

  -- data logging

As with the entire Slim SATA family, the s230 Series leverages STEC's
high-performance, industrial-grade SSD controllers and sophisticated flash
management.These elements deliver high capacities in no-compromise
solid-state-storage solutions that provide embedded system designers with true
plug-n-play storage devices, short design cycles and fast time to market.

The s230's use of single-level cell (SLC) flash media helps ensure extended
endurance and reliability, as well as support for industrial (-40°C to 85°C)
temperatures. The inclusion of STEC's PowerSafe Technology provides instant
data integrity in theevent of an unplanned power failure.

The STEC s230 Series of Slim SATA SSDs are sampling now, with volume unit
pricing beginning at $85.

Click here for more information on the STEC s230 Series of Slim SATA SSDs.

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About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class solid-state drive
(SSD) technologies and solutions tailored to meet the high-performance,
high-reliability and high-endurance needs of today's data-intensive server and
storage platforms. With headquarters in Santa Ana, California, and locations
worldwide, STEC leverages almost two decades of solid-state knowledge and
experience to design, manufacture and deliver the most comprehensive line of
PCIe, SAS, SATA, and embedded SSDs on the market today. In addition, STEC's
EnhanceIO^™ SSD Cache Software enables IT managers to cost-effectively scale
server application performance. For more information, please visit
www.stec-inc.com.

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STEC, the STEC logo, PowerSafe, and EnhanceIO are either registered trademarks
or trademarks of STEC, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.
All other trademarks or brand names referred to herein are the property of
their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties, including those statements concerning the benefits of the
incorporation of STEC's s230 Series of Slim SATA SSDs into embedded systems;
the benefits, capabilities, performance, and cost savings of STEC's s230
Series of Slim SATA SSDs and related technologies, such as STEC's PowerSafe
Technology; the qualification of STEC's e230 Series; the evolving industrial
SSD market; and the increasing demand for embedded SSD solutions. Such
forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve
inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert
or change any of them, and cause actual outcomes and results to differ
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CONTACT: Jerry Steach
         Director, Public Relations
         STEC, Inc.
         (415) 222-9996
         jsteach@stec-inc.com
        
         Scott Phillips
         Senior Manager, Product Marketing
         STEC, Inc.
         (800) 367-7330 x8358
         sphillips@stec-inc.com

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