Over the past couple of months, we’ve hosted webinars that discuss our recently announced Secure High Performance Storage (SHIPS) platform. The SHIPS platform is an ecosystem of removable PCIe storage devices that can be implemented across a variety of systems from the office to the tactical edge and everywhere in between. 

Providing removability to NVMe-based storage is not straightforward. As performance (data transfer bandwidth) increases, so too does the attention paid to ensuring signal integrity and heat transfer are managed properly.  

We’ve just published a paper to accompany the June 23, 2020 webinar that discusses the considerations taken into account when designing for NVMe removability: 

  • Signal integrity. Maintaining the integrity of the data-carrying PCIe channels is non-trivial—and necessary. 
  • Thermal issues. NVMe SSD controllers and NAND memory chips generate a large amount of heat, which must be mitigated to ensure consistent, high throughput performance. 
  • Durability. Robustness needs to be designed into removability. Off-the-shelf SSDs are not constructed to be inserted and removed 100s of times, let alone the tens of thousands that are required for true removable sturdiness. 
  • Ruggedness. The SHIPS platform lends itself to non-traditional, non-office environment applications. Therefore, solutions need to design for waterproofness, shock and vibration resistance, and operation over extreme temperatures.  

You’ll find the Removable NVMe SSD Storage: Technical Considerations paper here. Please let us know if this has changed your perspective on your system requirements or any other feedback you might have. 

Chris Kruell

Chris Kruell

Director of Marketing

As the Director of Marketing, Chris leads the sphere of marketing activities at CDSG (CRU’s parent company), including corporate branding, corporate and marketing communications, product marketing, marketing programs, and marketing strategy. In his spare time, Chris is an alpine climbing instructor and has served as president and board member of the Mazamas, a Portland-based non-profit organization that fosters a love of the mountains.