October 16, 2013
NEWARK, Calif., Oct. 16 -- SMART Modular Technologies, Inc., a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of value added subsystems including memory modules, flash memory cards and other solid state storage products, announced that its DDR3 Non-Volatile DIMMs (NVDIMMs) are now fully compatible on a Supermicro X9DRH-iF-NV server board. The combination of this Supermicro server board and SMART's NVDIMMs provide Supermicro server board customers an off-the-shelf non-volatile "DRAM-speed" storage solution.
Supermicro's server board is configured with two Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors, Intel ADR (Asynchronous DRAM Refresh) chipset, and 16 DIMM sockets. The server board BIOS detects NVDIMMs and automatically enables non-volatile operation of the module. To guarantee critical data is persistent, the application must ensure that this data has been written from the CPU cache to the NVDIMM DRAM memory or that the critical data is stored in ADR-protected memory prior to any backup operation.
In the event of a power failure or other fault condition, contents of SMART's NVDIMM DRAM are backed-up to on-board flash memory, and then made available again after the fault is cleared or power is restored. This process is carried out by utilizing SMART's proprietary SafeStor engine which initiates backup and restore operations upon command from the host controller. The SafeStor engine employs multi-channel fast NAND and high-speed switching circuitry to provide a leading-edge backup and restore capability at 10s/GB, while still functioning as a standard DDR3 RDIMM at speeds up to 1600MHz during normal operation.
While in a power failure backup mode, temporary power is provided to the NVDIMM by a supercap module. SMART offers multiple supercap module form factors including PCIe, SSD, and BBU (battery-backed unit). This configuration enables write acceleration applications to bypass slower write times to secondary storage solutions such as PCIe flash-based storage devices, SSDs, and HDDs. At power-on, if a backup image exists on an NVDIMM the BIOS will automatically restore the contents of the NVDIMM from backup and re-arms the module to be non-volatile for another fault condition or power failure.
SMART's lineup of DDR3-1333 Registered NVDIMMs range in density from 2GB to 8GB. The ordering table is listed below.
|SH2567NR325893SQV||2GB||1 rank x8||1.5V||24mm|
|SH5127NR351893SQV||4GB||1 rank x8||1.5V||24mm|
|SH1027NR351816SQ||8GB||2 rank x8||1.5V||30mm|
SMART is sampling NVDIMM's to qualified customers at no charge. Free samples can be requested by visiting www.smartm.com/FreeNVDIMM. Customers will also have the opportunity to work with SMART's memory experts for guidance to identify the best NVDIMM configuration based upon specific applications.
About SMART Modular
SMART Modular is a technology leader in the design, development, and deployment of current and next-generation memory products. Combining leading-edge design and manufacturing with proven world-class support, SMART Modular leverages its deep expertise in DRAM, SRAM and Flash architectures with world-class board-layout design. SMART Modular delivers high-quality, high-reliability solutions to a broad customer base, including tier one computing and telecom OEMs as well as industrial, medical and automotive customers. In support of these designs, SMART Modular provides award-winning innovations in memory and embedded storage technologies. SMART Modular is part of the SMART family of global companies. See www.smartm.com for more information.
Source: SMART Modular
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