Apacer announces tiny industrial-grade PCIe BGA SSD

28th July 2020
Alex Lynn

Apacer has announced a tiny industrial-grade PCIe BGA SSD, adding another strong series to its high-speed PCIe SSD product line.

In response to the developing trend of 5G high-speed networking applications and the increasing miniaturisation of smart terminal devices, Apacer has adopted 3D TLC NAND flash memory, professional three-dimensional stacking and BGA chip packaging technology to create a device with excellent performance, ultra-low latency and high stability.

For the PCIe Gen 3x4 version, it provides a theoretical speed of up to 4GB/s. For the Gen3x2 version, the minimum size specification is 11.5x13mm. At the same time, Chip On Board (COB) packaging allows for either mounting directly on the motherboard, or via an M.2 interface using the SMT process.

This PCIe BGA SSD is well suited for high-end industrial and 5G high-speed applications, including the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing, servers and networking, defence, gaming, and high-performance computing.

Apacer’s PCIe BGA SSDs are made from industrial-grade wide-temperature ICs. They also comply with the latest PCIe NVMe 1.3 requirements, giving them a transmission speed more than three times faster than SATA SSDs. Within this series is the PV920-uSSD, which adopts a PCIe Gen3x4 interface, has dimensions of 16x20mm, and offers read/write speeds as high as 3270/2730 MB/s.

The theoretical transmission speed can even reach 4GB/s. Another in the series is the PT910-uSSD, with dimensions of just 11.5x13mm. Using a PCIe Gen3x2 interface, it offers read/write speeds of up to 1685/860 MB/s. The highest theoretical transmission speed can reach 2GB/s.

In addition to the advantages of being ultra-lightweight and small, it boasts high-speed performance, ultra-low latency, low power consumption, shock resistance, high stability and reliability. It is ideal for 5G high-speed and miniaturised smart applications.

Taking full advantage of the PCIe bus, which allows for multichannel massive data transmission, Apacer’s PCIe BGA SSDs adopt multiple hardware and software technologies to create a complete data protection mechanism. For example, the End-to-End Data Protection technology allows for real-time detection and correction of erroneous data to ensure the integrity and accuracy of data transmission between the host and the NAND storage area, greatly improving data reliability.

In order to maintain high security standards, it supports the TCG Opal 2.0 specification, using AES 256 encryption technology to provide complete protection for saved data. In addition, considering the possible overheating of the system associated with PCIe high-speed processing, the intelligent temperature control and Thermal Throttling firmware technology controls the temperature and throughput mechanism in a timely manner to ensure the stability and integrity of data writing even in high temperature environments.

Apacer’s PCIe BGA SSD features a HMB (Host Memory Buffer) technology DRAM-less control chip design, which fully demonstrates the ultra-high performance and cost-effectiveness of a high-speed PCIe SSD solution.

Looking to the future, smart cars and autonomous vehicles will no longer be just a means of transportation, but also an information aggregation, data calculation, analysis and transmission centre, and will attach greater importance to data storage and processing capabilities and speed. Apacer is rapidly developing an IATF 16949 quality management system certification for the automotive industry, and recently obtained the IATF 16949 Letter of Conformance issued by the internationally renowned third-party verification agency BV (Bureau Veritas).  

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