IntelliProp Hydra SATA Bridge IPA-SA117A-BR Review - Tested with Four Intel DC S3700 SSDs (Page 3)

| Feb 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm CST
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: IntelliProp

HYDRA Reference Board

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Our HYDRA SATA Bridge reference board came with a SAS-to-SATA cable for connection of the board to a standard SATA port. Devices featuring the IPA-SA117A-BR utilize a SATA 6Gb/s connection in actual deployment.

We note the two Micron 1Gb DDR3-1333 DRAM cache modules to the right of the controller. Four SATA connectors line the bottom of the PCB, and two Molex connections are available to supply power on the right edge.

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For testing, we connected four 200GB Intel DC S3700 SSDs to the HYDRA Bridge.

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At LSI's AIS 2013 event, we spied a working prototype of a HYDRA device in Avant's booth. Avant manufactures SSD solutions under their own name, as well as for other manufacturers. It is possible that we could see this same device branded through several different companies. This 2TB device has four separate SSD controllers working in concert with the HYDRA solution in a 2.5" SSD with a 15mm z-height.

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We observe the plethora of power capacitors on the top of this custom three-PCB SSD.

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The three PCBs are densely stacked to provide copious capacity in a slim device.

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