Dell, IBM, EMC, Fujitsu, Intel Among Founders of New SSD Standards Group

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-29 Print this article Print

The three main goals of the new SSD Form Factor Working Group are to design a common connector specification, develop a form factor based on 2.5-inch hard drives, and support a hot plug capability.

Intel, Dell, EMC, IBM and Fujitsu are linking up to help start a new industry group with the goal of hammering out a common standard for PCI express motherboard cards.

The three main goals of the new SSD Form Factor Working Group are to design a common connector specification, develop a form factor based on 2.5-inch hard drives, and support a hot plug capability, Intel Director of Technology Initiatives Jim Pappas told a conference-call audience on Oct. 27.

PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect express) cards are used in PCs, servers and storage arrays as a motherboard-level interconnect (to link motherboard-mounted peripherals) and as an expansion card interface for add-in boards.

The PCIe standard is designed to replace the older PCI, PCI-X and AGP standards.
PCIe 2.1 is the latest standard for expansion cards that is used on personal computers. This electrical interface is used in a variety of standards, most notably the ExpressCard laptop expansion card interface.

A key difference between PCIe and earlier buses is a topology based on point-to-point serial links, rather than a shared parallel bus architecture.

The SSD Form Factor Working Group comprises five "promoter" members noted above and 11 "contributor" members, which include Amphenol, Emulex, Micron Technology, Molex and Smart Modular Technology.

"We believe that the PCIe Standard Form Factor specification will accelerate the market adoption of PCIe SSDs, offering an electromechanical solution with disk-like handling and true hot-plug capability," Jens-Peter Seick, senior vice president of the Data Centre Systems Product Division at Fujitsu Technology Solutions, said on the call.

Pappas said the new working group plans to have its first-draft specification ready for public discussion in Q1 2011.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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