Press release

Virtium Introduces High-Endurance, Low-Power, M.2-Compliant USB 3.1 Solid-State Drives for Industrial-Embedded Applications

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Virtium, a leading provider of solid-state drive (SSD) and memory
solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) markets, today
introduced the TuffDrive® M.2 USB line of SSDs that bring
high-endurance, low-power, small-form-factor solid-state storage to
industrial-embedded applications. The new SSDs enable designers to take
advantage of USB 3.1’s widespread host support and efficiently connect
M.2 form factor drives to host systems lacking the SATA storage
interface. The drives provide cost-effective, secure storage to a wide
range of uses that require lower capacities, such as operating system
boot, code and application storage, virtualization, and light data

Virtium’s new TuffDrive SSDs leverage the M.2 2242 form factor (22mm x
42mm) and USB 3.1 to achieve small-footprint solid-state storage
connected to host systems via a common, cost-effective interface. That
combination reduces power consumption, and thus heat generation,
compared to SATA-SSD storage. It also lowers electromagnetic
interference (EMI), making the SSDs a viable option for medical,
telecommunications and other EMI-sensitive applications, as well as for
densely populated circuit boards. Additionally, the new drives’
high-integrity M.2-to-USB 3.1 connection enables shock and vibration
resistance superior to designs using alternative form factors and

“Virtium is bringing to market the lowest-power, highest-reliability,
M.2-compliant USB drives,” said Scott Phillips, vice president of
marketing at Virtium. “Our engineers took a highly creative approach in
developing an SSD line that leverages a form factor proven in
embedded-industrial designs and a widely used, highly efficient
interface. This achievement is particularly important for designers
designing with IIoT SSDs and have to work with host systems that lack
SATA, while still requiring lower power and heat.”

“By combining the ubiquitous USB interface with the small form factor of
the M.2 SSD, Virtium makes it easy for embedded-industrial systems
designers to extend Flash data storage into new applications,” said Alan
Niebel, president of WebFeet Research and author of the 2018
Non-Volatile Memory Market Shares by Vendor Report
. “The drives’
high endurance, low power and cost-effectiveness empower those
designers with solid-state storage providing secure data storage in
demanding designs.”

The hot-pluggable TuffDrive M.2 USB line is designed with lower-capacity
applications in mind; the embedded SSDs not only lower power
requirements and generate less heat than SATA drives, they also reduce
system bill-of-materials outlays because those applications call for
relatively low capacities. The drives are available with high-endurance
options and supported by Virtium’s vtGuard® power-fail protection,
vtView® industrial SSD software for drive monitoring, and value-added
service and support that includes ten-plus years of product availability
and in-field integration support. Additionally, Virtium offers optional
AES-256 self-encryption for the TuffDrive M.2 USB line, as encrypted
SSDs with this feature provide significantly greater protection for data
at rest than drives without it.

The new TuffDrive M.2 USB solid-state drives are sampling now and have
been qualified by select Virtium customers. For more information on
Virtium’s new TuffDrive M.2 USB SSDs, as well as the company’s broad
portfolio of solid-state storage and memory solutions, visit M.2
call 888.847.8486 or email

About Virtium

Virtium manufactures solid-state-storage and memory solutions for the
world’s top industrial embedded OEM customers. The company designs,
builds and supports its products in the USA, and provides a dedicated
software team for custom storage solutions – all fortified by a network
of global locations.

TuffDrive, vtGuard and vtView are registered trademarks of Virtium
All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks
of their respective owners.