Monday, December 2nd 2013

Intel "Fultondale" and "Pleasantdale" SSDs Not Very Pleasant with Thermals

As SSDs play catch-up with HDDs on the capacity front, the focus will shift to NAND flash memory designers increasing transistor densities using newer silicon fabrication technologies. In the absence of that, SSD designers will have to cram more number of NAND flash chips to achieve desired high capacities. That throws up two key issues with having too many chips in one place - heat and power. Intel is gearing up to deal with heat on its upcoming "Fultondale" and "Pleasantdale" SSDs for data-centers. Leaked company documents seen by VR-Zone reveal renders of what Intel expects the drives to look like.

Built in the 3.5-inch form-factor the drives are built almost entirely of chunky metal, with a retractable top lid, and its body. The body doubles up as heatsink, it features metal ridges which dissipate heat drawn from the NAND flash chips of the SSD to the air. Internally, the drive will feature at least two PCBs, one which holds the controller, cache RAM (if any), and some NAND flash chips; while the other holds NAND flash chips entirely. How hot can things get? According to the source, the drive could draw as much as 25W of power. That could amount to enough heat to warrant a passive heatsink. Intel is expected to unveil the two drives at IDF Beijing, slated for Q4-2014.

Source: VR-Zone
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3 Comments on Intel "Fultondale" and "Pleasantdale" SSDs Not Very Pleasant with Thermals

#1
james888
Serious ssd's need serious cooling. How long till watercooled ssd's?
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rooivalk
by: james888
Serious ssd's need serious cooling. How long till watercooled ssd's?
there's plenty of 3.5" waterblock already.
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james888
by: rooivalk
there's plenty of 3.5" waterblock already.
but you need to put one on an ssd... I know they have everything watercooled. Hdd's, psu's, routers!
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