SAN JOSE, Calif. - A collection of companies have announced the so-called Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to advance Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) storage drives through standardization.
The new working group includes promoter members Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM and Intel as well as contributor members Amphenol, Emulex, Fusion-io, IDT, Marvel Semiconductor, Micron Technology, Molex, PLX, QLogic, STEC, SandForce and Smart Modular Technology.
Missing from the group are Samsung, Toshiba, among others.
To help customers, the SSD Form Factor Working Group is dedicated to advancing technology standards in three technology areas:
1. A connector specification which will promote interoperability of several storage protocols, supporting SAS/SATA 3.0 as well as PCIe 3. This allows greater user choice and flexibility.
2. A form factor which builds upon the current 2.5-inch standard to enable enclosure flexibility while supporting the new connector definition and expanding the power envelope in support of higher performance.
3. The support for hot-plug capability to create high-availability and serviceability benefits.