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PCIe Gen3 Flash controller for standard NVMe SSD solutions Integrated Device Technology announced what it claims to be the industry’s first NVM Express (NVMe) enterprise flash memory controller with native support for PCIe Gen 3. The devices provide a standards-based solid-state drive (SSD) solution, enabling storage and server OEMs to overcome latency and throughput bottlenecks inherent to legacy SAS/SATA-based SSD designs. IDT’s new flash memory controller family consists of two versions: 16-channel with PCIe x4 Gen 3 (89HF16P04AG3) and 32-channel with PCIe x8 Gen 3 (89HF32P08AG3). The flash controllers are designed to fully comply with the NVMe standard – a stan- dard that defines an optimized register interface, command set, and feature set for PCIe SSDs. This eliminates the need for OEMs to qualify multiple SSD drivers, facilitating the widespread use of PCIe SSDs and helping bring to market dramatic improvements in storage latency, throughput, power consumption and cost.The flash controllers are fully programmable, enabling customers to differentiate their solutions with custom firmware that leverages IDT’s reference firmware. The flash controllers also support enterprise-class features, including advanced encryption, data integrity and reliability features. Integrated Device Technology www.nvmexpress.org Waterproof Push-pull connectors reduce connection time by a factor of 10 Bulgin has unveiled a new addition to the company’s rugged Buccaneer range of con- nectors, giving engineers and product design professionals even greater flexibility in systems design. The all new Buccaneer 6000 Series of waterproof power, signal and data connectors features an easy to use, patent pending pushpull locking system, that connects up to 10 times faster than a tradi- tional screw thread mechanism. The new addition to the Buccaneer range is designed to withstand the harshest environments and meets IP66, IP68 and IP69K standards. The Buccaneer 6000 Series includes data (USB or Ethernet), signal and power versions up to 16 A, 277 V, and complements the popular screw thread Buccaneer range. Available in fully interchangeable metal and plastic construc- tions, the body mouldings and pin carriers have been specifically designed to create a robust interface while avoiding damage during coupling. This guarantees a correctly sealed connection – even where access is restricted. Bulgin ww.bulgin.co.uk Virtex-7 FPGA-based XMC card with PCI Express Gen2 interface Alpha Data has launched the ADM-XRC-7V1, a high performance reconfigurable XMC with PCI Express Gen2 interface, external memory and flexible front-panel IO options. Based on Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGAs, the 7V1 combines performance with ease-of-use and reliability. Particular emphasis has been placed on ease-of-migration from earlier genera- tions of FPGA, allowing customers to benefit from the features of the Virtex device with minimal effort. The PCI Express bridge includes 4 DMA channels and is contained in a separate device, freeing the logic in the FPGA and allowing on-the-fly reconfiguration. For maximum flexibility, a bypass option allows users to place the PCI Express end- point directly in the FPGA. Front panel IO is provided through the XRM interface. Alpha Data provides a wide range of XRM modules giving options including optical IO, CameraLink, high performance DACs and ADCs. The 7V1 is availablewith the Virtex-7 XC7V585T, XC7VX330T, XC7VX485T or XC7VX690T FPGA and ships with a comprehensive software development kit including example designs. Alpha Data www.alpha-data.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2012 43


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