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Non-volatile DIMM cards coming soon to a server and array near you

Lucas Mearian | April 4, 2013
NVDIMM cards should be in servers sometime this summer

Micron demonstrated the first version of its NV DIMM, a 4GB model with 8GB of flash. AgigA supplied the ultracap power source that backs up the DRAM in case of a power failure, according to a Micron spokesperson.

Micron's current offerings include the aforementioned 8GB model and a 16GB version with 32GB of flash. A 16GB version with 32GB of flash is planned for later this year.

"Micron is the only supplier with the advantages of scale and stability," the spokesperson said in an email reply to Computerworld "Micron produces DRAM, NAND and NOR products, all which are used on the NVDIMM.

Micron also sees its NVDIMM card being used as a storage tier, as cache for RAID systems, system check pointing, full system persistence, data logging, de-duplication and fast access to metadata.

Without providing specifics, Proctor said the NVDIMM cards will cost roughly a few hundred dollars each, more than a standard DDR3 DIMM module but still inexpensive enough for server and storage admins to consider for application performance.

"I expect the big guys -- the Samsungs and Hynixs -- to come into this soon. We'll be having IP discussions with them and working with them to get these products out for mass adoption," Proctor said.


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