EDSFF

The Enterprise and Datacenter SSD Form Factor family of standards is now about three years old, and continues to evolve. The EDSFF form factor options are gaining traction in several markets, and lessons learned by early adopters are still driving tweaks to the specifications. The myriad variations under the EDSFF umbrella have not been simplified much, but at least the brief format war between the EDSFF E1.S form factor and Samsung's NF1 has concluded, with Samsung now supporting and contributing to the E1.S standard. As EDSFF adoption increases, we'll probably see several variants fall into irrelevance, as happened to some of the less popular M.2 card sizes. But even once it's clear which members of the EDSFF family are succeeding in the market, the...

Kioxia Announces XD6 Datacenter SSDs: PCIe 4.0 and EDSFF At Scale

Kioxia (formerly Toshiba Memory) is announcing the new XD6 series datacenter NVMe SSDs, featuring PCIe 4.0 support and using the EDSSF E1.S form factors. The XD6 is Kioxia's first...

10 by Billy Tallis on 11/3/2020

Toshiba's Timeline for PCIe 4.0 SSDs

Following up on several announcements from Flash Memory Summit earlier this month, Toshiba has shared more information about their plans for transitioning their NVMe SSDs to PCI Express 4.0...

10 by Billy Tallis on 8/30/2019

FMS 2019: EDSFF Form Factors Update - Long, Short, & Everything In-Between

What began as Intel's Ruler concept for a new SSD form factor blossomed into the Enterprise and Datacenter Small Form Factor family of standards, with the version 1.0 specs...

1 by Billy Tallis on 8/16/2019

SMART Modular Shows Off 256 GB Gen-Z Memory Module

SMART Modular this month demonstrated one of the industry’s first prototypes of a EDSFF 3-inch DDR4 Gen-Z memory module. The ZMM supports advanced functionality enabled by the new interface...

15 by Anton Shilov on 8/15/2019

Western Digital Unveils Ultrastar DC SN640 SSDs: Up to 30.72 TB Capacity

Western Digital has announced its new family of enterprise SSDs aimed at mixed-use-case workloads. The new drives use in-house developed components and come in EDSFF E1.L, U.2, and M.2-22110...

14 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2019

Microchip Announces DRAM Controller For OpenCAPI Memory Interface

Microchip's subsidiary Microsemi is entering a new market with the introduction of the SMC 1000 8x25G Serial Memory Controller. This is a DDR4 DRAM controller that connects to host...

17 by Billy Tallis on 8/5/2019

Intel Announces New Optane And QLC Enterprise SSDs

Slipped in to the briefings for Intel's mountain of announcements today are two new enterprise SSDs at opposite ends of the product line: a new Optane SSD and a...

27 by Billy Tallis on 4/2/2019

PCI-SIG Warns Of Incompatibilities Between M.2 And Samsung's NGSFF/NF1

PCI-SIG, the standards committee behind PCI Express and related standards, has issued a warning about incompatibilities between their M.2 standard and Samsung's NGSFF/NF1 SSD form factor. The notice from...

16 by Billy Tallis on 11/16/2018

Lite-On Demos Its First ‘Ruler’ EDSFF SSDs: CNEX Labs Controller, Up to 80 TB Capacity

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...

10 by Anton Shilov on 8/24/2018

SSD Form Factors Proliferate At Flash Memory Summit 2018

Last year, Intel and Samsung proposed new form factors for enterprise/datacenter SSDs with the goal of overcoming the shortcomings of the existing M.2, U.2 and PCIe add-in card form...

26 by Billy Tallis on 8/17/2018

Intel Details Upcoming SSDs For Datacenter Including QLC NAND

Intel has finally shared the naming and specifications for their first datacenter SSDs using QLC NAND flash memory, after recently announcing that the then-unnamed drive had entered mass production...

7 by Billy Tallis on 8/3/2018

AIC’s Grays Peak Server with Intel ‘EDSFF’ Ruler SSDs

In the consumer space, we get SATA drives, mSATA drives, M.2 drives, and for the high end, U.2 drives. By contrast, the enterprise space is expanding: U.2 is a...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/25/2018

Intel Introduces "Ruler" Server SSD Form-Factor: SFF-TA-1002 Connector, PCIe Gen 5 Ready

Intel on Tuesday introduced its new form-factor for server-class SSDs. The new "ruler" design is based on the in-development Enterprise & Datacenter Storage Form Factor (EDSFF), and is intended...

50 by Billy Tallis on 8/9/2017

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