updated 9/14/2010 12:46:12 PM ET 2010-09-14T16:46:12

SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), today announced its highly anticipated MACH16 SSD product line optimized for the reliability and endurance needed for Enterprise-class deployments.

MACH16 SSDs are the latest in the series of MACH family offerings, which include the company's MACH4 and MACH 8 drives. This new line is specifically engineered to meet and exceed the demands of Enterprise server OEMS. Featuring a unique and advanced ASIC controller that is designed for high-end performance, the MACH16 enables enterprise customers to process more data with less hardware, i.e. fewer servers, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership. These drives also come equipped with STEC's breakthrough CellCare and Secure Array of Flash Element (S.A.F.E.) technologies, which increase the reliability, performance, and endurance well beyond that of current client-grade SSDs.

The MACH16 SSDs deliver sustained performance of 30,000 IOPS at 4K transfer size and maintain endurance beyond the 5-year service life that is required for Enterprise-level server environments. The drives also incorporate STEC's proprietary advanced Flash management technology, which enables the drives to negate failure errors and extend Mean Time to Failure (MTTF), highlighting their position as one of the most advanced and intelligent SATA drives available in the market.

Further enabling the adoption momentum of SSDs within the enterprise server environment, MACH16 products are available in several configurations. With capacities available up to 400GB, the product line is launching with both MLC and SLC media and supports multiple Flash geometries, providing greater flexibility of deployment. In addition, the drives will have extended product support, a critical element in Enterprise work environments. The MACH16 is already being sampled at STEC's top tier of OEM partners.

"The launch of our MACH16 products is another important milestone for our SSD portfolio as it truly raises the bar for Enterprise-grade SSDs and addresses many of the demands from our customer base," said Manouch Moshayedi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STEC. "The MACH16 line was designed from the ground up to be ideally suited for high-growth applications in the Enterprise server space, which bodes well for the continued proliferation of our drives in a wide range of deployments."

Applications for SSD-enabled servers include the rapidly expanding Virtual and Cloud Computing markets as well as conventional Internet data centers, exchange servers, and any other environment where users require real-time access to data stored in and applications run on networked servers. Collectively, these customers represent a sizable and growing market opportunity for Enterprise-class SSDs, because of the lower total cost of ownership and higher performance of implementing SSDs.

For more information regarding this announcement and other important SSD topics, please visit the company's web site at www.stec-inc.com/ssd/technology .

About STEC

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of solid-state drive technologies and solutions tailored to meet the high-performance, high-reliability needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). With headquarters in Santa Ana, California and locations worldwide, STEC leverages almost two decades of solid-state drive knowledge and experience to deliver the industry's most comprehensive line of solid-state drives to the storage industry. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.stec-inc.com

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This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including those statements concerning: the capabilities, reliability and performance of STEC's products; the benefits of CellCare and S.A.F.E. technologies; the cost savings of STEC's solutions; and the usages and expansion of the Enterprise class SSD 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 could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. Although STEC believes that the forward looking statements contained in this release are reasonable, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be fulfilled. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements are detailed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by STEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The information contained in this press release is a statement of STEC's present intention, belief or expectation. STEC may change its intention, belief, or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in STEC's assumptions or otherwise. STEC undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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