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SMART Modular XceedIOPS SF-1500 Powered SAS SSD Preview

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 11:54 am
Manufacturer: SMART Modular





Our engineering sample arrived in a brown box with an antistatic bag. The drive itself is labeled as an engineering sample, but as you can see here the case design and label is ready for the big time.




Even though one side looks ready to go, on the back we see that engineering samples were still being produced as of Sept. 21st, 2010. This was just a couple weeks before the drive arrived at our office.




On the side we found the standard 2.5" form factor mounting locations.




SAS drives use a slightly different data and power connector that provides 6Gbps to and from the drive.




When OCZ Technology sent us their SF-1500 controlled drive last January it included a single super capacitor and we see the same here with the SMART Modular XceedIOPS. Also on this side of the drive is an Emulex bridge chip.




On this side we see the SandForce SF-1500 controller and another super capacitor. At this time I'm not sure if the reason for two capacitors is due to the drive being 200GB, or if SMART will do this for all of their XceedIOPS drives.


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