A coalition of top IT vendors today announced the creation of the Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to create a standard that will allow manufacturers to add a PCIe interface to NAND flash products and significantly boost throughput.
The group hopes that the standard can be used by equipment manufacturers during the second half of 2011, allowing them to offer as much as 2GB/sec throughput between a computer’s processor and an SSD . By comparison, SAS and SATA drives offer 6Gbit/sec and 3Gbit/sec throughput, respectively.
“We’ve seen storage capacity, CPU capacity and memory capacity all rising, but the storage interface has remained relatively static,” said Jim Pappas, director of technology initiatives at Intel and a member of the working group. “Bringing this PCIe interface in will close that gap … and we’ll have much, much better IOPS as a result,”
The new working group is being manned by employees from most of the companies that created the PCIe standard, including Intel , Dell, and IBM. The one PCIe contributor absent from the group is Hewlett Packard.
Storage vendors EMC and Fujitsu are also part of the collaboration. SSD, controller and storage subsystem vendors, including Micron, Molex, Emulex, SandForce, FusionIO, QLogic, IDT, and Marvell, are also contributing expertise to the group. by itnews