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SMART Modular Technologies

October 15, 2013 10:30 ET

SMART Modular Technologies' DDR3 NVDIMMs Now Fully Compatible With Standard Off-the-Shelf Server Board

SMART's NVDIMMs Provide Non-Volatile DRAM Memory for Write Acceleration Applications

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2013) - SMART Modular Technologies, Inc., a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of value added subsystems including memory modules, flash memory cards and other solid state storage products, today announced that its DDR3 Non-Volatile DIMMs (NVDIMMs) are now fully compatible on a Supermicro® X9DRH-iF-NV server board. The combination of this Supermicro server board and SMART's NVDIMMs provide Supermicro server board customers an off-the-shelf non-volatile "DRAM-speed" storage solution.

Supermicro's server board is configured with two Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processors, Intel ADR (Asynchronous DRAM Refresh) chipset, and 16 DIMM sockets. The server board BIOS detects NVDIMMs and automatically enables non-volatile operation of the module. To guarantee critical data is persistent, the application must ensure that this data has been written from the CPU cache to the NVDIMM DRAM memory or that the critical data is stored in ADR-protected memory prior to any backup operation.

In the event of a power failure or other fault condition, contents of SMART's NVDIMM DRAM are backed-up to on-board flash memory, and then made available again after the fault is cleared or power is restored. This process is carried out by utilizing SMART's proprietary SafeStor™ engine which initiates backup and restore operations upon command from the host controller. The SafeStor engine employs multi-channel fast NAND and high-speed switching circuitry to provide a leading-edge backup and restore capability at 10s/GB, while still functioning as a standard DDR3 RDIMM at speeds up to 1600MHz during normal operation.

While in a power failure backup mode, temporary power is provided to the NVDIMM by a supercap module. SMART offers multiple supercap module form factors including PCIe, SSD, and BBU (battery-backed unit). This configuration enables write acceleration applications to bypass slower write times to secondary storage solutions such as PCIe flash-based storage devices, SSDs, and HDDs. At power-on, if a backup image exists on an NVDIMM the BIOS will automatically restore the contents of the NVDIMM from backup and re-arms the module to be non-volatile for another fault condition or power failure.

SMART's lineup of DDR3-1333 Registered NVDIMMs range in density from 2GB to 8GB. The ordering table is listed below.

Part Number Density Config. Voltage Height
SH2567NR325893SQV 2GB 1 rank x8 1.5V 24mm
SH5127NR351893SQV 4GB 1 rank x8 1.5V 24mm
SH1027NR351816SQ 8GB 2 rank x8 1.5V 30mm

SMART is sampling NVDIMM's to qualified customers at no charge. Free samples can be requested by visiting www.smartm.com/FreeNVDIMM. Customers will also have the opportunity to work with SMART's memory experts for guidance to identify the best NVDIMM configuration based upon specific applications.

More information on SMART's NVDIMM can be obtained by downloading SMART's NVDIMM Tech Brief or by visiting www.smartm.com.

About SMART Modular
SMART Modular is a technology leader in the design, development, and deployment of current and next-generation memory products. Combining leading-edge design and manufacturing with proven world-class support, SMART Modular leverages its deep expertise in DRAM, SRAM and Flash architectures with world-class board-layout design. SMART Modular delivers high-quality, high-reliability solutions to a broad customer base, including tier one computing and telecom OEMs as well as industrial, medical and automotive customers. In support of these designs, SMART Modular provides award-winning innovations in memory and embedded storage technologies. SMART Modular is part of the SMART family of global companies. See www.smartm.com for more information.

About SMART Worldwide Holdings
The SMART family of companies are leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of electronic subsystems for the most demanding OEMs around the world. The SMART companies have led the way over the past 25 years providing standard and custom products to today's leading global OEMs crossing all major electronic industries. These industries include PC, enterprise and industrial servers, networking, telecom, defense, aerospace, gaming and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART Modular Technologies has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART High Reliability Solutions offers high-performance, high-capacity solid state drives ("SSDs") for defense, aerospace and industrial automation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management and supply-chain management worldwide. See www.smartm.com for more information.

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