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sTec Introduces Highly Reliable mSATA Solid-State Drives for Embedded Storage

sTec, Inc.

SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today introduced the sTec® s260 mSATA solid-state drives (SSDs), whose reliability, small footprint and low power draw make them ideal for embedded storage in rugged, space-conscious environments. The SSDs, which feature a 6Gbps Serial ATA (SATA) interface, are designed to tackle a range of embedded-storage applications, including operating-system booting, data logging, code-storage/application hosting, caching, and fast data backup.

The s260 drives, which comply with the JEDEC-defined MO-300A and MO-300B (mSATA mini) standards, draw just 1.5W, a fraction of the power required by rotating-disk storage. Additionally, they deliver industry-leading reliability through sTec's patented PowerSafe™ technology and support industrial temperatures, ranging from -40° to 85° C. These features combine to meet the demands of embedded designs in remote and/or space-constrained systems where access is limited, airflow is restricted and heat exacts both performance and durability penalties.

"Designers are eager for easily integrated SATA drives that can withstand harsh environments and don't require frequent replacement – and it's those very conditions where the performance and endurance of these new s260 mSATA drives really shine," said Zack Mihalis, vice president of product marketing and management, sTec. "Our heritage of drive performance and reliability, along with the high demand for this popular format in the industrial, networking and telecommunications markets, makes this a logical extension of sTec solid-state storage solutions."

The s260 mSATA SSDs, using highly reliable single-level cell (SLC) and enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash memory, are available in a range of capacities -- between 16GB and 200GB – to enable flexible, cost-efficient designs. Their powerful error-correction coding (ECC) scheme helps assure data integrity. As with all sTec SSDs, the new mSATA drives come with warranties of either three (eMLC) and five (SLC) years.

mSATA is a JEDEC-compliant SSD format that leverages the widely used SATA standard, which continues to be used across a wide range of applications and enjoys support in the majority of off-the-shelf system boards. Increasingly replacing parallel ATA (PATA) in embedded systems, SATA drives are a logical drop-in replacement for conventional storage for OEM and industrial system designs with size and/or power constraints. sTec's new s260 mSATA SSDs provide the same advanced flash management technology and data integrity of its other high-performance and -reliability enterprise SSDs, in a size less than half of the industry-standard 2.5-inch form factor.

Available for sampling now, the s260 mSATA SSDs scan be purchased directly from sTec and through authorized distributors.

About sTec, Inc.

sTec, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class solid-state storage solutions designed for the ever-growing performance, reliability and endurance requirements of today's advanced data centers. The industry's first company to deploy solid-state drives (SSDs) into large-scale enterprise environments, sTec offers the industry's widest range of solid-state storage solutions, which protect critical information for major business and government organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, sTec also serves the embedded and military/aerospace markets with SSDs for industrial and rugged environments. For more information, visit www.stec-inc.com.

sTec, the sTec logo and PowerSafe 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, reliability, ruggedness, space-consciousness, power-savings, capabilities, performance, and cost-savings of sTec's mSATA SSDs; addressing the demands of embedded designs in remote, space-constrained systems; and the growth in demand of the mSATA drive format in industrial, networking, and telecommunications markets. 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 materially from current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements are detailed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, made from time to time by sTec, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its subsequent Current Reports on Form 8-K, which are available on the Investor Relations section of sTec's website at www.stec-inc.com. The information contained in this press release is a statement of sTec's present intentions, beliefs or expectations. sTec may change its intentions, beliefs or expectations, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, from sTec's assumptions and otherwise. Except as required by law, sTec undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date thereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT: Editorial contact: Jerry Steach Director, Public Relations sTec, Inc. (415) 222-9996 jsteach@stec-inc.com Merrill Freund or Lauren Whitehouse Schwartz MSL (415) 512-0770 stec@schwartzmsl.com

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