Micron Unveils PCIe I/O Accelerator


The Micron P420m is a new PCIe all-flash I/O accelerator to improve overall performance in enterprise servers. (Photo: Micron)

Micron Technology (MU) announced a new PCIe all-flash I/O accelerator to improve overall performance in enterprise servers, appliances and storage platforms. The new Micron P420m combines consistent performance with the inherent power efficiency of an all-flash system to deliver improved economics for enterprise data centers.

The P420M is a fast and consistent performer, delivering more than 3,200 web server requests per second. It features ultra-low latency performance that enables fast and predictable response times to information frequently used in data center environments. The low-profile accelerator card comes in a half-height, half-length form factor and will be available in 350GB, 700GB and 1.4TB capacities. The P420m will be showcased at EMC World, May 6-9 in Las Vegas.

“The P420m is a true workhorse – it delivers where performance matters most,” said Ed Doller, VP and general manager of Micron’s Enterprise SSD division. “Introduction of the P420m is a testament to our commitment to storage innovation for all levels of integration. We’ve expanded our portfolio to address the changing storage needs of today’s data centers, regardless the workload.”

The P420m uses Micron’s Extended Performance and Enhanced Reliability Technology (XPERT) architecture, which closely incorporates the storage and controller through highly optimized firmware algorithms and hardware enhancements.  It’s ASIC controller was custom-designed, and has advanced 25-nanometer (nm) multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash technology, DRAM, firmware and drivers to create a truly vertically integrated solution. The vertical integration begins with intimate knowledge of the NAND media and extends all the way to the end-system design, manufacture and drivers. This end-to-end involvement ensures delivering the ultimate level of storage quality and efficiency.

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