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Micron announces 1.4TB PCI-Express SSD for servers

Touts 2.5in size for hot swapping
Fri May 03 2013, 13:42
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MEMORY MAKER Micron has announced a 1.4TB solid state disk (SSD) drive for servers that runs off the PCI-Express bus and uses the firm's own chips.

While Micron is trying to close a deal to buy bankrupt Japanese memory maker Elpida in order to boost its DRAM business, the firm is pushing ahead with its NAND flash operations in consumer and enterprise markets. The firm announced its 1.4TB PCI-Express based SSD to act as a cache for servers.

Micron's P420m SSD accelerator board is intended to be used in servers to act as high bandwidth storage. The firm said it will produce 350GB, 700GB and 1.4TB versions of the P420m SSD, using the firm's own controller chip and 25nm multi-level cell NAND chips.

Although Micron's P420m SSD uses the PCI-Express bus, the firm touted its ability to fit into a standard 2.5in drive bay like those typically found on the front of many servers. Server vendors usually fill these drive bays with 2.5in serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives that can be hot swapped, and Micron said that its P420m SSDs can be treated in much the same manner, allowing users to add and remove drives without powering down servers.

Ed Doller, VP and GM of Micron's Enterprise SSD division said, "The P420m is a true workhorse, it delivers where performance matters most. Introduction of the P420m is a testament to our commitment to storage innovation for all levels of integration. We've expanded our portfolio to address the changing storage needs of today's data centers, regardless the workload."

Micron said that it is sampling the P420m and volume production will begin in June. µ


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