ATP Introduces One-of-Kind Power Cycling Test

Mon May 6, 2013 8:00pm EDT

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ATP Introduces One-of-Kind Power Cycling Test

The ATP Power Cycling Test removes power at the exact micro second during the programing of the NAND flash product, further validating the effectiveness of ATP's Power Protector Technology

ATP, a leading memory manufacturer known for its high quality, durable flash and DRAM memory modules, announced the latest release of its new testing technology—the ATP Power Cycling Test. This new test further validates the industrially renowned design of the ATP PowerProtector, available in the flash product lines. Other companies provide similar power protector features on their NAND flash products, but few can verify their designs. The ATP Power Cycling Test demonstrates the functionality of product with ATP PowerProtector under sudden power-downs situations. A product without ATP PowerProtector usually fails.

At the beginning of each cycle, the ATP power cycling test first writes a segment of the data pattern into a testing device and waits for the exact "micro second" to cut off power during programing the data into NAND blocks. The ATP power cycling test creates a sudden power failure at the precise moment of the "write" command stage of the flash device. During certain power cycles a product without the power protector feature can result in data corruption at this stage and shows a "Fail". This is due to data mis-comparison in the post test check conducted after each power cycle. On the contrary, a product with ATP PowerProtector would show a "Pass" after thousands of power cycles without any data loss. The apparent different testing results validate the effectiveness of the PowerProtector feature of the NAND flash product.

ATP PowerProtector

ATP PowerProtector technology highlights the critical requirement for reliable flash operations in high performance mission critical applications such as transportation, telecommunications, networking and embedded systems. Unlike SuperCap, the ATP PowerProtector offers a standalone hardware design that does not require specific controllers or customized firmware. The ATP PowerProtector requires a leaner board footprint and is available in smaller form factors such as CF cards, SlimSATA, SATA embedded modules, eUSB, mSATA, PATA, CFast, and SSDs. The solid state capacitors' low series resistance and its minimal sensitivity to temperature and humidity make it the optimal solution for extreme circumstances. This allows the flash memory module to intelligently manage critical active components, ensuring data integrity, increased productivity, and an overall decreased cost of ownership.

About ATP

ATP Electronics is a leading manufacturer of high performance, high quality and durable NAND flash memory solutions as well as DRAM memory modules. With over twenty years of experience in the design, manufacturing and support of memory products, ATP continues to focus on mission critical applications such as industrial, telecom, medical and enterprise computing where high levels of technical support, performance consistency and wide operating temperature ranges are required. As a true manufacturer, ATP offers in house design, testing and product tuning. ATP also offers extensive supply chain support with controlled/fixed BOM's and long product life cycles. For more information on ATP products please visit

ATP Electronics, Inc.
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