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Datakey RUGGEDrive™ Line Expands with Industrial UFX Models

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (March 6, 2024) – ATEK Access Technologies (ATEK) announced the recent addition of the Industrial UFX Series to its Datakey RUGGEDrive™ line of memory tokens. This series of RUGGEDrive memory tokens provides USB flash drive functionality with industrial temperature operation and optional pSLC NAND flash.

Datakey Industrial UFX memory tokens differ from standard USB flash drives (aka USB sticks, thumb drives, etc.) in three main ways:

  1. RUGGEDrive tokens use ATEK’s proprietary SlimLine™ contact system and receptacles.
  2. Industrial UFX memory tokens are rated for operation over the industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.
  3. RUGGEDrive memory tokens utilize solid over-molded construction using an engineered thermoplastic, making them an ideal choice for applications where they could take a bit of abuse.

RUGGEDrive tokens are commonly used in products in defense, mining, agriculture, industrial, and medical applications.

The Industrial UFX memory token line replaces the previous UFX line that shared the same form factor and construction. This new line features all-new electronics rated for operation over the entire industrial temperature range.

“With a name like RUGGEDrive, people tend to focus on the robust construction and the extended temperature range,” said Paul Plitzuweit, Product Manager for the Datakey line, “but it’s the non-standard, proprietary form factor that gives this product its edge over traditional USB flash drives.”

Datakey Industrial UFX memory tokens give designers the USB flash drive functionality their applications call for without the risks. Instead of having to use a USB connector on their device, the embedded design can use a Datakey SlimLine receptacle. (Datakey offers dozens of SlimLine receptacles, including board-mount and panel-mount receptacles, including some with IP65 and IP67 ratings.) Industrial UFX tokens will plug in, but USB flash drives and other USB devices will not.  This reduces the threat of infection from malware that can be transported on USB flash drives. 

Industrial UFX memory tokens are available in memory capacities from 4 GB to 64 GB and come in six standard colors.  Customization options include color matching, custom logo, laser-marking, and optional fixed BOM.  ATEK manufactures the Industrial UFX memory tokens and all Datakey products from its manufacturing facility in Brainerd, Minnesota, USA.  Visit http://datakey.com/products/ruggedrive for more information.

About ATEK Access Technologies

ATEK Access Technologies, LLC is part of the ATEK Companies group of technology and manufacturing businesses. Its industry-leading brands use the power of advanced machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to provide customers access to superior efficiencies and savings, essential data and systems, improved safety and control, and expert solutions and support. Its brands include AssetScan, Datakey, Larco, and TankScan. For more information, visit www.atekaccess.com.

About Datakey

ATEK’s Datakey product line features portable memory devices that utilize solid over-molded construction, industrial-temperature electronics, redundant electrical contacts, and harsh-environment, high cycle-life receptacles. Additionally, Datakey products have a proven history of long-term availability that consumer memory products, like USB flash drives and SD cards, lack. Since 1976, Datakey products have been the preferred portable memory solution by many of the world’s largest defense, medical and industrial OEMs. For more information, visit http://datakey.com/.

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