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M.4 SSD with PCIe 3.0 x8 interface

M.2 SSDs are now used for a wide range of applications, while Samsung has tried to promote its new generation of small-form factor (NGSFF) for a firm state-of-the-art company status under the M.3 (and later renamed to NF1)) . Obviously, there are companies that work on SSDs in the so-called M.4 form. One of these discs was spotted on Computex.

Silicon Motion showed the Agylstor M.4 NVMe SSD at the fair earlier this month. The drive is based on SMI's own SM2270 controller based on three pairs of ARM Cortex R5 cores that support 2KB LDPC debugging and contains 16 NAND channels with 8 CE per channel (total 128 CE) and a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. In the meantime, SSD is compiled by SMART Modular.

Agylstor M.4 NVMe drive is essentially two M.2 SSDs (PCBs) that are interconnected. The design allows the installation of 16 NAND packages (eight on both sides) and thus offers a double capacity. In the meantime, the PCIe 3.0 x8 interface promises very good performance. Bearing in mind that we are talking about the company level controller and the corresponding drives, we mean continuous performance, not top-notch performances.

Agylstor is a startup that develops specialized warehouse subsystems for a wide range of applications from unmanned aerial vehicles to video and film production as well as from IoT to exploration of oil and gas. In this way, Agylstor does not necessarily have to make SSDs compatible with general purpose computers for a number of reasons.

At present, it is not clear when Agylstor plans to release its M.4 NVMe SSDs.

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