Flexstar Technology Introduces New Family of Low-cost Disk Drive Testers

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Flexstar Advantage Series Tester (FAST) family of burn-in racks grows market opportunity by enabling entry level pricing.

Flexstar Technology, Inc. (Flexstar) the worldwide leading supplier of storage test systems, today announced the Flexstar Advantage family of disk drive testers. The new testers extend Flexstar's line of turnkey testing solutions meeting all testing requirements. Included with the new testers is the improved version of Flexstar test software and updated single board computer (SBC V) and network power margining board (NPM II), hardware that is the basis of Flexstar's industry leading burn-in racks.

As disk drives, optical drives and flash-based storage get integrated into many different applications and products, OEM manufacturers are realizing that it is not sufficient to just test the disk drive in the target system. It is not accurate or comprehensive enough to properly exercise and prove the disk drive. Manufacturers of these systems need to ensure that the drives meet their specifications and requirements and then be able to communicate effectively with the disk drive manufacturers to resolve issues quickly and maintain their end customer satisfaction.

"Our customers in many industries have been telling us they love our test capabilities but need a lower price point", said Tim Beck, Vice-President of Marketing and Major Account Sales for Flexstar, "With FAST we deliver exactly what our customers have been asking for, the full capability of Flexstar's industry standard test systems at a very low cost. As an added benefit, these new testers offer all of the flexibility and features of our more expensive systems."

"Our new FAST family of products takes Flexstar in a new direction in price performance, opening new markets worldwide that will help us grow as we continue to develop and offer industry leading products." adds Tony Lavia CEO of Flexstar."

There are three new models in the FAST family of burn-in testers:

  •     The FAST 96B Model 48
  •     The FAST 56B Model 56
  •     The FAST 56B Model 28

All models support PATA, SAS and SATA2 interfaces. Other interfaces are available depending upon customer requirements. Each system features 3.5" disk drive fixtures with optional 2.5" and 1.8" drop-ins.

The Flexstar FAST family of burn-in racks deliver the accuracy, flexibility and repeatability that Flexstar is known for, enabling systems manufacturers to test with the confidence that the disk drive manufacturers will be able to correlate findings in a standardized test environment.

Orders are now being accepted for the Flexstar FAST family of burn-in racks; pricing starts at $85,000 depending on options with immediate availability.

About Flexstar Technology
Flexstar's mission is to provide storage manufacturers and their customers with standardized and repeatable testing and qualification processes. Since producing the industry's first commercially available disk drive tester in 1985, Flexstar has continued to be at the forefront of providing advanced, automated testing capabilities to the data storage industry, delivering over 350,000 test ports.

Flexstar's product line covers ambient, burn-in, environmental and high altitude tester equipment with advanced, but easy-to-use software. All industry standard interfaces and form factors are supported and modular design approach ensures products are field upgradeable providing flexibility and investment protection. All products are backed by a host of support offerings and Flexstar's uncompromising commitment to customer service.

The company is privately held and was acquired by the Audax Group and Rigel Associates in September 2006.

For more information, please visit http://www.flexstar.com or email info(at)flexstar.com

Timothy Beck
Vice President, Marketing and Major Account Sales


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