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Viking Modular SATADIMM 200GB SSD Review - The Viking Modular SATADIMM

The most innovative SSD to come out of 2010 is here, and it is sure to be a hit with 1U server users, if you qualify to buy it.

By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:44 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Viking Modular Solutions

The Viking Modular SATADIMM




From this side the Viking SATADIMM looks like it could be an ECC DDR3 memory module. Upon closer inspection, the SandForce SF-1500 controller gives the secret away. Viking Modular used Micron NAND flash on the SATADIMM.




On the other side we found a daughter board that holds the Super Cap and power circuitry. The standard SATA connector is on the DIMM PCB side.




Here we see it all together with the Super Cap exposed. The amount of engineering that went into the Viking SATADIMM is remarkable.




Most people would think that a DIMM socket is pretty straight forward, but that isn't the case. Modern motherboards have their sockets installed in pairs; two sockets are close together, then a small space, then another pair. This posed a challenge when designing the SATADIMM and the SATA plug needed to be placed strategically to avoid contact with other DIMMs.




Even with the daughter board, the SATADIMM has an extremely thin profile that will allow you to make servers with higher storage density.


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