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SSD Form Factor Working Group pushes for standardisation

Posted: 02 Nov 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solid state drive  PCIe  form factor  working group 

The Solid State Drive Form Factor Working Group formed of several companies are advocating the development of PCIe storage drives through standardisation. The group 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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