Lite-On has demonstrated its first SSD that comes in EDSFF ‘ruler’ form factor, showing off the new drive at FMS earlier this month. The drive uses a controller from CNEX Labs and is designed primarily to enable Lite-On’s customers to start working with the new standard. As a result, Lite-On has not announced any commercial plans for the new SSDs.

Lite-On’s experimental SSD comes in the EDSFF 1U Long form-factor, which is a bit surprising as most companies which demonstrated EDSFF drives at FMS experiment with the 1U Short these days. The SSD is based on an undisclosed controller from CNEX Labs, and which supports both industry-standard NVMe and the upcoming Denali software-defined interface (previously known as Open-Channel SSD). The drive carries 16 TB of Toshiba’s BICS3 3D TLC NAND memory. Meanwhile, Lite-On says that capacity of its 1U Long SSD can be increased to 80 TB when outfitted with 3D QLC NAND as the controller fully supports this type of memory. Besides, the drive carries capacitors for a power-loss protection.

The SSD maker does not disclose performance numbers for its 1U Long drive, but we know that it uses a PCIe 3.1 x4 interface with a maximum theoretical bandwidth of around 3.94 GB/s. Meanwhile we know that CNEX has controllers supporting up to 1.5 million read IOPS in its arsenal, so it is reasonable to assume that the EDSFF prototype drive that Lite-On demonstrated at FMS is rather powerful.

The EDSFF 1U Long form factor brings together performance and density, so at least theoretically all kinds of Lite-On’s clients can use the experimental drives for their applications assuming that they are interested in ‘ruler’ SSDs.

Since the EDSFF is still in development, it is hard to tell when commercial servers featuring the new drives will ship. Meanwhile, operators of large cloud datacenters might adopt ‘ruler’ SSDs well ahead of mainstream servers. That said, it is about time for companies like Lite-On to roll out prototypes of EDSFF SSDs.

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  • iwod - Saturday, August 25, 2018 - link

    80TB? That is 2.5PB per U, 2.5x the density of Intel's Ruler. 105PB per Rack.

    This is insane. And we expect to have 8 - 16x density improvement by 2025? That is 1EB per Rack!
    Compared to an estimate of 480TB HDD per U in 2025, or 20PB per Rack. That is 50x difference.
    The HDD estimate were from WD, MAMR 40TB HDD by 2025.

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  • rocky12345 - Saturday, August 25, 2018 - link

    Yea I remember these guys back in the day when they made some pretty crappy cd drives. They bought the ODD division from BenQ dumbed the internals down to cut costs and released drive that had crap working specs or would spin out of control causing the disk to explode in the drive. Not to sure I would trust this company in any market segment they venture into. Reply
  • svan1971 - Sunday, August 26, 2018 - link

    They sold allot of those "crappy" drives to oems like Dell and Gateway, and a bunch to Microsoft for the Xbox. They must have done something right. Reply
  • Samus - Monday, August 27, 2018 - link

    Lite-On's OEM SSD's are excellent. Most of them are essentially reference designs of Micron SSD's, using the same Marvell controllers. Lite-On claims to develop all their firmware in-house, but that probably means they are just taking the vendor firmware and keeping it as-is, such as the case of the ZETA consumer SSD's that use a completely vertical Silicon Motion reference design down to the cache, NAND and PCB.

    So basically they are taking their partner channels, buying power, and presence in OE integration, and applying that reach to other products, such as SSD's.

    I mean look at their website, www.liteonssd.com they have like 100 different models in every form factor conceivable across 4 product categories\market segments. And datasheets for EACH model going back to 2015.
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    So don't let past memories keep you away from products that might be outperforming your old expectations.
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