Thursday, March 08, 2012

Birth of SSD with PCIe connector with 2.5 inch form factor.

PCIe 2.5 inch SSD - fruit of
Couple of years back came to know that is formed to drive next generation connector architecture for storage devices because SSDs are almost immediately saturating whatever improvement SATA   and other Standard brings in.

SATA3 with 6gbps is saturated immediately by then Sandforce controller based SSDs in consumer market. Enterprise SSDs are different stories - few companies uses SATA based one others uses most popular high performing PCI Express card based solution to drive 100s of thousands of IOPS.

 Micron the company known in consumer SSDs space like crucial C300/M4 kind of SSDs owning it's own NAND fabs jointly with Intel revealed PCIe 2.5 inch SSD.

It is fruit of which finished and approved version 1.0 of Spec. So, in coming months we will see SSDs which incorporate PCIe connector popping up. It is really going to be game changer for standard based storage solution.  Dell, in fact, partnered with Micron for the above mentioned drive and said they are going to use in their servers.

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