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Viking Modular Solutions Unveils First Solid State Drive in DIMM Form-Factor

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  1. btarunr

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    Viking Modular Solutions, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation, and leading manufacturer of innovative DRAM modules and flash solutions, today announced that its SATADIMM is available for immediate customer qualification. SATADIMM is the first of its kind - an Enterprise Class SATA II Solid State Drive (SSD) in an industry-standard DDR3 240-pin DIMM form factor - that is available to the mass market. This technology allows users to significantly increase the capacity and storage performance of their existing server, storage or cloud computing solutions. It also allows systems designers new options and greater flexibility when creating new server design.

    The SATADIMM offers a high performance and high availability solid state drive in the DDR3 240-pin DIMM form-factor (JEDEC MO-269). By adding SATA to an existing DDR3 DIMM socket, Viking Modular has delivered the performance and power savings desired from an SSD at a fraction of the space required to house a typical 2.5" SSD. This cost-effective solution provides dramatically increased capacity and performance.

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    "Viking Modular is the first to deliver a ground breaking, flexible and efficient method of enabling SSD integration into standard server & storage appliances," said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing at Viking Modular. "It can breathe new life into maxed out systems with the high performance and low power consumption of SSD technology. Furthermore, it opens up the possibility for new design, no longer constrained by standard hard drive space requirements."

    Features of the SATADIMM include best-in-class sequential and random performance (30,000 IOPS), intelligent write management techniques for optimized endurance and protection against catastrophic flash failures, and power fail data protection enabled by super capacitor integration on the DIMM. SATADIMM is available in 50GB, 100GB or 200GB capacities.

    For current server storage appliances, the SATADIMM has been designed to take advantage of any available 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket. The SATADIMM SSD derives its power from the 1.5V supply to the DIMM socket and data transfer is enabled by using a standard SATA cable. For new designs, system architects will appreciate that the SATA data signals can be routed directly to the socket, thus eliminating the need for any cables.

    Sanmina-SCI will provide its world-class, end-to-end manufacturing capabilities for this new SATADIMM product.
     
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    that is a really clever use of that new technology . these vikings are killing me .
    does this makes mainboards need a bios update ?
    i wonder if i can use six of them with 6 kingston 1066 ecc ?
     
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    its nice there thinking outside the box... sort of..


    but whats the point of this? its stealing a ram slot for power and connecting to a sata port anyway to transfer data?



    (untill a special motherboard is made to take advantage of the direct connection to transfer data through the socket.)
     
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    That I swear is one of the most kick ass type of award things I have seen in YEARS.

    I SO HOPE WIZ REVIEWS THIS!!!!!
     
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    lock into 1.5v, but what if you ram need more.. all ram slots voltage adj only.

    ram 1.6, ssd ram 1.5 (over voltage boom):respect:
     
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    Not bad and something I believe they make locally here in Huntsville, AL. Not to sure on that though as they are headquartered in CA but have a few plants here in AL.
     
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    Meh...still connects to a regular SATA port to transfer the data. It just steals the power from the DIMM socket.

    Could be useful in a server that has all the HDD bays filled with data drives, but I don't see much use for it outside of that.
     
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    The reason I think this idea is really cool is that I could see motherboard makers start to make SDD slots on the mother board, as there are ddr slots on all motherboards.

    HDD racks would become a thing of the past if that happened.
     
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    +1 This would be a huge step forward. add more DIMM slots to motherboards and let the user configure it for either more ram or more storage. they could even do away with the sata cable and send the data through the slot (says so in the artical)
     
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    now damulta has an interesting idea there
     
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    You could even make an expansion slot for this idea with rolls of slots to use. Just think what 20 drives could do in raid-0-5. DIMM slots are super small in comparison to HDD rack space. Given another 5 years this could be huge if the SDD market really gets good at making huge drive space like normal HDDS. It would also cut back on a massive amount of power that server farms are using up.
     
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    We have that... it's call PCIe and we just need more manufacturers producing SSDs with that interface ;)

    Not that I don't find this particular item interesting. In fact, I like this a whole lot more than currently available DOMs.
     
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    that is cool, with the recent ssd price drops and this, it looks like hdd technology if finally going to go someplace!
     
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    i know its a space saver but all it does is use the ram slot for power you still have to connect it to the sata port

    if they could get some sort of board that was standardised for add in SSDs like DaMulta said that would be sweet
     
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    Imagine the space saving in server applications.
     

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