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SSD Form Factor Working Group kicks off standardization

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solid state drive? PCIe? form factor? working group?

Several companies have joined together in what they call the Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group. The group, which aims to advance PCIe storage drives through standardization, includes Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM and Intel as well as contributor members Amphenol, Emulex, Fusion-io, IDT, Marvel Semiconductor, Micron Technology, Molex, PLX, QLogic, STEC, SandForce and Smart Modular Technology.

Samsung and Toshiba are noticeable absent from the group, along with some others.

The group is focusing on three technology areas:

1. A connector specification to promote interoperability of several storage protocols, supporting SAS/SATA 3.0 as well as PCIe 3, allowing greater user choice and flexibility.

2. A form factor that builds on the current 2.5in standard that will enable enclosure flexibility while supporting the new connector definition and expanding the power envelope in support of higher performance.

3. Support for hot-plug capability to create high-availability and serviceability benefits.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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