Micron announces 2.5-inch PCIe-based hot-swappable SSDs

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 9 Mar 2012
Micron announces 2.5-inch PCIe-based hot-swappable SSDs

Micron has announced its first PCIe-based solid state flash drives, the 2.5-inch Micron P320h SSD. The company uses its own hardware controller for the drive, and features a combo connector that will allow users to hook it up to both SAS and SATA devices.

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Dell has already adopted the new technology, and will be launching its 12G PowerEdge servers with Micron P320h SSDs onboard. The SSDs are hot-swappable, and can be accessed from the front of the server, enabling easy replacement, addition and removal.

According to Micron, the P320h SSD works on a PCIe X8 interface, which will be available in 350GB and 750GB capacities, and, half-height, half-length (HHHL) form factor. As for data transfer speeds, the 350GB model is capable of 715K random read and 298K random write IOPs, and will feature 3.3GB/sec sequential read bandwidth and a 2GB/sec sequential write bandwidth.

Dell, along with Micron, has also set up a SSD Form Factor Working Group, to encourage other server and SSD manufacturers to adopt the HHHL form factor, with its hot-swappable, and front-loading benefits.
 

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Source: Xbit Labs

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