SSDs can survive drops and other kinds of hostile treatment much better than hard drives, but they can still be broken if their PCB or one of the chips gets damaged. For those who want to reduce their risk of losing their data, Buffalo has introduced its new family of SSDs — the SSD-PSMU3 — that is specifically designed to withstand drops. Unlike typical rugged devices, the new drives are rather miniature and more resemble flash drives.

Buffalo’s SSD-PSMU3 series SSDs are designed to endure MIL-STD 810G 516.6 Procedure IV drop test, known as the ‘transit drop’. This means that the device was tested to survived six face drop tests, eight corner drop tests, and 12 edge drop tests from a height of around 1.2 meters, remained in working condition and suffered no physical of internal damage. The drives measure 33×9.5×59.5 mm and weigh 15 grams (dimensions and weight akin to those of a box of PEZ mints), so it should not be particularly hard to make them rugged enough to survive drops from 1.2 meters.

The SSD-PSMU3 drives feature a 120 GB, 250 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB capacity as well as a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Micro-B interface that connects them to their hosts using a USB Type-A or a USB Type-C cable. Buffalo rates the drives for about 430 MB/s throughput, but considering the interface used, we are probably looking at something near ~400 MB/s due to overhead incurred by 8b/10b encoding.

The rugged SSDs fully support Buffalo’s SecureLock Mobile2 technology that encodes data using an AES-256 key. Meanwhile, it is unclear whether encryption is done using hardware or software. In addition, the drives support SMART function and can be used with Mimamori Signal software that predicts failures of storage components based on SMART data.

Set to be available in white, aquamarine, and pink, Buffalo’s rugged SSD-PSMU3 drives will hit the shelves in Japan starting March 4. The cheapest 120 GB drive will cost ¥5,700 ($54) without VAT, whereas the highest capacity 960 GB model will be priced at ¥22,300 ($210) without taxes.

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Source: Buffalo (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • James5mith - Friday, March 6, 2020 - link

    "(dimensions and weight akin to those of a box of PEZ mints)"

    PEZ makes mints now? All I remember is the chalky candy that was inside the plastic dispensers. And that came in a paper wrapper.
  • rrinker - Friday, March 6, 2020 - link

    Actually, PEZ originally made mints - the name comes from the German word for peppermint. Long before they made the plastic dispensers, they were sold in tins, similar to an Altoids tin but smaller. Maybe never in the US, but in their home country of Austria, and elsewhere in Europe.
  • phoenix_rizzen - Friday, March 6, 2020 - link

    Altoids would be a better reference, as they still come in the little tins around that size.

    Or Anacin if you're feeling especially ancient. ;)
  • shabby - Friday, March 6, 2020 - link

    Let's bring back the mini USB and USB b while we're at it...
  • phoenix_rizzen - Friday, March 6, 2020 - link

    USB Type-B isn't going anywhere for awhile still. It'll be the standard connector for external drive caddies and printers for many years to come.
  • close - Monday, March 9, 2020 - link

    Type B? But but but... Anton says it's Type A or C right there in the title. Anton Shill-ov and his massive lack of understanding of tech strike again.
  • Spunjji - Thursday, March 12, 2020 - link

    The USB Type-C or Type-A cable connects to the device via Type-B. You can see it in the pictures.

    Maybe think about what you say before saying it.
  • HStewart - Monday, March 9, 2020 - link

    This unit is already old fashion, with USB4 coming out - just use adapters for the old stuff.
  • Araemo - Friday, March 6, 2020 - link

    There is neither a type-A or a type-C port on this drive. I was like 'Why the hell would they put a type-A port on the drive? Or why would they build-in a cable with two ends?'

    Shipping with both micro-b-to-A and micro-b-to-C cables is nice, but not exactly newsworthy...
  • fazalmajid - Friday, March 6, 2020 - link

    It's 2020 for crying out loud, Micro-B needs to die a slow, painful death. Why anyone would get this over a slightly larger, but much faster Samsung T5 is anyone's guess, specially since you don't have to worry about mystery NAND of the week with Samsung.

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