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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.

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

The Viking Modular SATADIMM

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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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