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M.2 peripheral card for CompactPCI Serial

21 March 2018 Computer/Embedded Technology

The SE2-MOOD from EKF is a peripheral slot card for CompactPCI Serial systems, equipped with three M.2 sockets for SSD (solid-state drive) modules.

Two of the M.2 sockets are suitable for NVMe type SSD modules, with a PCIe x4 Gen3 interface for superior data transfer rates. When used as main mass storage devices in a system, the NVMe SSDs can speed up the overall system performance dramatically. The third (optional) M.2 connector can accommodate a classic AHCI SATA style SSD, used e.g. as backup drive or legacy systems boot device.

With respect to the NVMe sockets, the SE2-MOOD is suitable for all NGFF SSD module sizes defined by the M.2 specification up to the 22110 form factor (SATA socket max. 2280). In order to avoid mix-up, the M.2 sockets are mechanically coded. The NVMe module sockets are provided with an M-key, and the SATA module connector features a B-key, according to the PCI Express M.2 Specification (PCI-SIG).

For optimum NVMe SSD module performance, a PCI Express x8 enabled backplane slot would be required (CompactPCI Serial fat pipe slot). In addition, SATA backplane support is needed for the SATA SSD module.



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