Solid state drives (SSDs) have taken the IT world by storm. While PCs have traditionally always shipped with hard disk drives (HDDs), more and more now contain SSDs. As a result, shipment numbers of hard disk drives (HDDs) have been in steady decline since the advent of the SSD. Within two years, they will surpass HDDs in numbers shipped annually.
The advantages of SSDs are many. They are an order of magnitude faster than HDD-powered PCs. They are also more durable as they have no moving parts, have lower power consumption, and generate no noise or vibration. In facilities where performance is critical, SSDs can reduce IPC latency, throughput and overall performance.
Accordingly, Siemens is making SSDs available across its Industrial PC (IPC) portfolio. Starting with the SIMATIC IPC227E and SIMATIC IPC277E, these machines have been made available with the option of an SSD. Now they have option of 128 GB of storage capacity, and a write endurance of 72 TB. They can also retain their data without power for about one year.
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