Right, NGD you will never have heard of them, released a new Catalina NVMe SSD series tied to the U.2 interface. Nothing that extraordinary I hear you say. but the thing is, they offer a unit with a whopping 16TB capacity.
The unit obviously is intended for the enterprise market area and data centers. The form factor is 2.5 inch U.2 (15 mm thick)and they will offer three capacities, 4TB / 8TB / 16TB. The Interface is PCI - Express 3.0 (x4) compliant. Performance wise it's nothing to write home about, but transfer speed for sequential reads are a maximum 250 MB/sec, sequential write maximum 220 MB/sec, random read 35,000 IOPS, random write 24,000 IOPS. Power consumption is 12W. Manufacturer warranty is three years.
I wish it would be affordable (prices are not mentioned), something like that on SATA3 in a NAS would be yummie.
-- NGD Systems, Inc., the leader in computational storage, today announced the general availability (GA) of the 16 terabyte (TB) Catalina-2 U.2 NVMe solid state drive (SSD). The Catalina-2 is the first NVMe SSD with 16TB capacity that also makes available NGD’s powerful “In-Situ Processing” capabilities. The Catalina-2 does this without impact to the reliability, quality of service (QoS) or power consumption, already available in the current shipping NGD Products.
The use of Arm® multi-core processors in Catalina-2 provides users with a well-understood development environment and the combination of exceptional performance with low power consumption. The Arm-based In-Situ Processing platform allows NGD Systems to pack both high capacity and computational ability into the first 16TB 2.5-inch form factor package on the market. The NGD Catalina-2 U.2 NVMe SSD only consumes 12W (0.75W/TB) of power, compared to the 25W or more used by other NVMe solutions. This provides the highest energy efficiency in the industry.
NGD Systems’ 16TB Catalina-2 creates a paradigm shift that permits large data sets, near real-time analytics, high-density, and low cost to coexist. A single standard 2U server available with 48 hot-swappable U.2 bays can reach 768TB, over three-quarters of a petabyte (PB). The In-Situ SSDs augment the server processing power with the availability of the embedded 64-bit ARM application processors. NGD Systems demonstrated the value of computational storage with over 500x improvement in a 3M vector similarity search at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit last month in San Jose, Calif.
The NGD Systems Catalina-2 U.2 is in production now and is available for immediate deployment. The Catalina-2 U.2 SSD is available in capacities of 4TB, 8TB, and the world’s only 16TB NVMe Computational Storage product.
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