TDK Presents Highly Reliable M.2 Type SSD with PCI Express Support for Industrial Applications

Date
04/03/2024

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DRAM-less design, featuring internal power backup circuit

TDK Presents Highly Reliable M.2 Type SSD with PCI Express Support for Industrial Applications

­TDK Corporation announced the launch of its new M.2 2280 type SSD [SNP1A series], supporting PCI Express® (PCIe®) and NVM Express (NVMe). The SSD integrates NAND flash memory, TDK’s GBDriver GX1 controller IC, and an internal backup power circuit, making it highly resistant to power interruptions.

In recent years, the number of SATA ports on the host CPU side has been decreasing, while demand for PCIe®/NVMe™-connected SSDs has been increasing. Most SSDs compatible with PCIe®/NVMe™ interfaces focus on transfer speed, catering to the needs of applications that include servers, high-performance computing, and entertainment equipment. Pure speed can come at the cost of reliability, however, which is a problem for applications such as industrial equipment and edge computing that require stable operation.

TDK has applied its knowhow from past products to the NAND memory controller (GBDriver GX1), and developed an SSD with PCIe®/NVMe™ interface support that boasts high data reliability for use in OS boot-up mainly in industrial equipment. TDK has developed new blackout countermeasure circuits for PCIe®, which is useful also in past products with industrial applications, resulting in the M.2 2280 form factor SSD that is resistant to sudden power interruptions.

TDK designed the GBDriver GX1 NAND memory controller IC to consume about half the power of a common SSD with PCIe®/NVMe™ interface support***, which makes it attractive for use in edge computing equipment.

In addition, TDK’s SNP1A series has enhanced security measures, including not only the FW tampering prevention functions, but also a proprietary security function that can prevent impersonation and protect against viruses such as ransomware, providing strong security against tampering and leakage of data in the NAND flash memory.

The SNP1A series will be exhibited at TDK's booth (#223 in hall 1) at embedded world 2024, to be held in Nuremberg on April 9-11, 2024.

* PCIe is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG
** NVMe is a registered trademark of NVM Express, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
*** As of Month 201x, based on TDK research

Main applications

  • Edge computing equipment
  • Industrial computers
  • Embedded CPU boards
  • FA equipment
  • Semiconductor manufacturing equipment
  • Station service equipment
  • Financial payment terminals
  • Office automation equipment
  • Games and other amusement equipment
  • Advertising display equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • Data analysis equipment
  • Communication broadcasting equipment
  • Information system equipment
  • Security equipment such as automatic control systems for power equipment
  • Smart grid equipment
  • Security terminals
  • Disaster prevention equipment

For more information, go here.

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