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Hybrid DIMMs And The Quest For Speed (Press)

Network Computing - Author: Jim O'Rielly

With an apparently insatiable need for I/O performance and near-line storage, the industry has produced a couple of flash products that use a DIMM model in the search for speed.


Hybrid DIMMs And The Quest For Speed

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Viking Technology took a different tack. It has created a DRAM backed up by flash memory. Viking's ArxCis product is effectively a non-volatile DRAM. As such, atomic reads and writes take the same time as in normal DRAM, and block I/O is completely avoidable. It’s possible to operate on the memory with standard CPU commands and write a single byte if desired.

ArxCis-NV (system image here and product image below) has built-in logic to detect power failure or turn-off, and stores the data in the DRAM into flash built onto the same DIMM. When power is restored, the data is returned to the DRAM on the DIMM. This makes the memory persistent NVDRAM, so it is a distinct use case to the UltraDIMM.

Viking has partnered with SuperMicro to match motherboards. BIOS changes allow register and cache protection, while the OS and other software need changes to recognize persistence. Currently, this fits appliance designs really well, since the code is proprietary. We can expect to see the technology in storage systems soon.

An NVDRAM has major implications for the operating system and the BIOS if it is to be used to its full capability. At its simplest, it can be a RAMDisk just as the UltraDIMM, with even higher throughput and much faster random access. A bit of work on the OS can make it word-addressable, which is even faster, with latencies around 30 nanoseconds.

Going the next step and melding the non-volatile memory into applications requires changes to compilers and link editors, and apps need modification to recognize the persistent space as mapped to variables etc. This is a major effort requiring multiple vendors to work together.

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has set up anNVDIMM SIG to focus efforts on the system and software changes required. "NVDIMM brings new capabilities to systems, and is a mechanism for enabling next-generation storage-class memories,” Adrian Proctor, the SIG chair and VP of marketing for Viking said in an interview.

The flash-based DIMM products from Viking and SanDisk are useful, even powerful, steps along a path to new persistent memory technologies. These flash-based DIMMs offer, on the one hand, a performance boost for existing server solutions, and on the other, a new type of tool that looks to expand how systems are built, how they recover from failures, and ultimately, to provide a super-fast alternative to file and block I/O.

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Viking Technology SATADIMM Increases SSD Capacity in SolidFire’s Storage System (Press Release)

Viking Technology’s SATADIMM enables higher total SSD capacity for SolidFire systems, offering cloud infrastructure providers an optimized and more powerful solution


FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., August 12, 2013 – Viking Technology, an industry leading supplier of Solid State Drives (SSDs), Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMMs), and DRAM, today announced that SolidFire has selected its SATADIMM SSD as both the cache SSD and boot volume SSD for their storage nodes. Viking Technology’s SATADIMM SSD enables SolidFire to offer enhanced products by increasing both the number and the total capacity of SSDs in their solution.

“The Viking SATADIMM gives us an additional SSD within the chassis allowing us to dedicate more drives towards storage capacity, while storing boot and metadata information securely inside the system,” says Adam Carter, Director of Product Management at SolidFire. “Viking’s SATADIMM technology is unique in the market and an important part of our hardware design.”

SATADIMM is an enterprise-class SSD in a Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) form factor that resides within any empty DDR3 DIMM socket. The drive enables SSD caching and boot capabilities without using a hard disk drive bay. The integration of Viking Technology’s SATADIMM not only boosts overall system performance but allows SolidFire to minimize potential human errors associated with data center management, such as accidentally removing a boot or cache drive when replacing an adjacent failed drive.

"We are excited to support SolidFire with an optimal solid state solution that delivers increased value to their customers compared to traditional SSDs," says Adrian Proctor, VP of Marketing, Viking Technology. "SATADIMM is a solid state drive that takes advantage of existing empty DDR3 sockets and provides a valuable increase in both performance and capacity.”

SATADIMM is a 6Gb SATA SSD with capacities up to 512GB. A next generation SAS solution with capacities of 1TB & 2TB will be available early in 2014. For more information, visit our website or email us at

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About Viking Technology Viking Technology is recognized as a leader in NVDIMM technology. Supporting a broad range of memory solutions that bridge DRAM and SSD, Viking delivers solutions to OEMs in the enterprise, high-performance computing, industrial and the telecommunications markets. Viking Technology is a division of Sanmina Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider. More information is available at

About SolidFire SolidFire is the market leader in high-performance data storage systems designed for large-scale public and private cloud infrastructure. Leveraging an all-flash scale-out architecture with patented volume-level quality of service (QoS) control, providers can now guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. In-line data reduction techniques along with system-wide automation are fueling new block-storage services and advancing the way the world uses the cloud.

Viking Technology Collaborates with Supermicro® to Design Non-Volatile DIMMs (NVDIMM) into x86 Servers (Press Release)

Viking Technology’s ArxCis-NVTM, a DDR3 Non-Volatile DIMM, dramatically improves I/O bandwidth and data protection to a host of Data Center applications


SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 29, 2013 – Viking Technology, a division of Sanmina Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), and leading global manufacturer of innovative DRAM and solid state drive (SSD) solutions, today announced that their ArxCis-NV™, a DDR3 Non-Volatile DIMM is available for integration in off-the-shelf (OTS) x86 servers. This collaboration with Supermicro® and Viking Technology enables enterprise Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and hyperscale computing organizations to build significantly more powerful and secure appliances for today’s data centers.

As the leading vendor of DDR3 Non-Volatile DIMMs, Viking Technology has been instrumental in driving the eco-system to support NVDIMMs. This technology, requiring both server hardware and BIOS modifications, would historically have been used by only the top few server OEMs. Today, this technology collaboration promises to provide architectural and performance improvements to many of the applications shaping today’s IT infrastructure, including: storage, server virtualization, business analytics and social media.

“This is all about I/O bandwidth and high availability, both of which are crucial in a world of virtualization and the ever-growing expectations of IT,” said Mark Peters, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “Viking is upping the ante with its NVDIMM, which creates a new top spot as the fastest tier in a storage hierarchy. When used in conjunction with flash solid-state storage and intelligent auto-tiering or caching software, this device promises to significantly accelerate access to data, and so to improve application performance.”

Non-Volatile DIMMs, often termed NVDIMMs or persistent memory, are designed to deliver high performance, endurance and reliability to industry standard x86 servers. Traditionally, enterprise applications could not trust main memory (DRAM) because it is volatile (loss of data upon power failure). Therefore, batteries, Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS’s) and techniques such as check-pointing were used to ensure data security, but at the cost of performance. NVDIMMs now enable server and storage arrays to utilize persistent memory that delivers both the highest performance and 100 percent data security.

“Safeguarding cached data in the event of power failure is a mission-critical requirement,” said Wally Liaw, Vice President of Sales, International at Supermicro. “Working with Viking Technology, we have validated their DDR3 NVDIMMs on our SuperServer and SuperStorage product lines. With this leading-edge technology, Supermicro customers have the fastest I/O performance with additional layers of protection to prevent data loss and minimize service disruptions.”

“We are very excited to bring this highly anticipated technology to the mass market,” said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing at Viking Technology. “The key to widespread adoption of NVDIMMs lies in the ease of system integration. Viking Technology is pleased to have collaborated with such a respected server supplier as Supermicro®, which now makes this valuable technology available for any user. Being able to deliver significant performance and data security enhancements in their next product launch is a game changer for many OEMs.”

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Memory that never forgets: non-volatile DIMMs hit the market (Press)

Ars Technica - Author: Sean Gallagher


Memory that never forgets: non-volatile DIMMs hit the market

The server world still waits for DDR4, the next generation of dynamic memory, to be ready for prime time. In the meantime, a new set of memory boards from Viking is looking to squeeze more performance out of servers not by providing faster memory, but by making it safer to keep more in memory and less on disk or SSD. Viking Technology has begun supplying dual in-line memory modules that combine DDR3 dynamic memory with NAND flash memory to create non-volatile RAM for servers and storage arrays—modules that don't lose their memory when the systems they're in lose power or shut down.

The ArxCis-NV DIMM, which Viking demonstrated at the Storage Networking Industry Association's SNW Spring conference in Orlando this week, plugs into standard DIMM memory slots in servers and RAID controller cards. Viking isn't the only player in the non-volatile DIMM game—Micron Technology and AgigA Tech announced their own NVDIMM effort in November—but they're first to market. The modules shipping now to a select group of server manufacturers have 4GB of dynamic RAM and 8GB of NAND memory. Modules with double those figures are planned for later in the year, and modules with 16GB of DRAM and 32GB of NAND are in the works for next year.

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Non-volatile DIMM cards coming soon to a server and array near you (Press)

ComputerWorld - Author: Lucas Mearian


Non-volatile DIMM cards coming soon to a server and array near you

Computerworld - ORLANDO -- Viking Technology is shipping a memory board that combines DRAM and NAND flash memory to create a non-volatile standard DIMM card that can be used in servers and storage arrays.

Viking's ArxCis-NV DIMM board has several purposes. With 10GB/s of throughput, it is roughly two and a half times faster than PCIe flash cards and can be used as another tier of high-speed storage. It can also used as a memory buffer for solid-state drives (SSDs) because of DRAM's ability to never wear out, no matter how many writes it receives. NAND flash memory in SSDs, however, has a limited life due to write amplification, a phenomenon in flash memory that requires data to be marked for deletion before it can be rewritten to another cell.

Adrian Proctor, Viking's vice president of marketing, said the NV DIMMs can actually extend the life of SSDs because they offload writes.

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Memory And Processor Advances Redefine Digital Technology (Press)

Electronic Design - Author: William Wong


Memory and Storage

DDR4 is on the horizon and will see the light of day this year. DDR3 will remain a major factor, especially for embedded applications, while DDR4 takes the high ground.

DDR4 increases throughput starting at 2133 Mtransfers/s. It reduces power consumption starting with a lower voltage range (1.04 to 1.2 V). It also changes from a bus interface to a point-to-point connection with one DIMM per memory channel. Switched systems are supported, although they’re likely to be found only on servers requiring a large number of DIMMs. There will still be action in DDR3, though. Non-volatile DDR3 DIMMs are now available in two forms.

The first was the flash/DRAM pairing, such as Viking Technology’s ArxCis-NV (see “Non-Volatile DIMMs And NVMe Spice Up The Flash Memory Summit”). This DIMM requires an external supercap, but it takes advantage of the capacity of the flash and the DRAM to deliver storage comparable to a standard DRAM DDR3 DIMM, albeit a more costly one. Data is copied to and from the flash during power transitions.

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VIKING Technology Launches Next Generation ArxCis-NV™, Storage Class Memory for Enterprise Applications(Press Release)

Viking Technology delivers battery-free, non-volatile DDR3 memory to standard x86 servers.


FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – October 18, 2011 – Viking Technology, a leading global provider and manufacturer of innovative DRAM technology and solid state drive (SSD) solutions, today announced the launch of its next-generation DDR3 ArxCis-NV.  This new product is a DDR3 non-volatile DIMM that provides a battery-free, storage class memory (SCM) solution to a host of enterprise applications. The ArxCis-NV is considered a high availability solution, engineered for disaster recovery by protecting data in memory from power failure.


“Our enterprise OEM customers are leveraging this persistent memory solution in a variety of applications, adding significant value to their products,” said Adrian Proctor, vice president of marketing at Viking Technology.  “ArxCis-NV’s high speed non-volatile memory was developed through our extensive experience in both DRAM and SSD technology to create a hybrid solution that leverages the speed and endurance of DDR3 memory, seamlessly integrated with the non-volatile storage retention of flash memory.”


Viking Technology’s ArxCis-NV provides protection for enterprise RAID applications and main memory persistence for a host of virtualized applications that require data security in the event of power failure. These new modules eliminate the need for battery backup units (BBU), delivering a more stable, maintenance-free, and cost-effective solution.


"Data centers have addressed certain needs in the past by using battery-backed DRAM, an approach that leaves most data center managers feeling vulnerable," said Jim Handy analyst for Objective Analysis.  "This altogether new approach will not only allay these concerns, but should also open the door to new computing architectures based on the concept of non-volatile DIMMs that operate at
DRAM speeds."


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Key ArxCis-NV features include:

  • Standard DDR3 DIMM Interface
  • 2GB to 8GB Capacities
  • JEDEC Mechanical & Electrical Compliance
  • Backup to SLC-flash
  • Significant performance increase over PCIe based solutions
  • 10-year data retention
  • 100% data security
  • No recurring maintenance costs
  • Battery-free
  • Zero scheduled downtime


Compatibility and Integration

The ArxCis-NV easily integrates into industry standard x86 motherboards. The ArxCis-NV functions in the host environment as a JEDEC standard DDR3 Registered DIMM. In the event of power failure, or a host driven command, the ArxCis-NV will save all data in the DRAM to the SLC-flash; upon power being restored, the data is written back to the DRAM ready for the system to access immediately following boot-up.


The ArxCis-NV is currently available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities, using SLC-flash to back up the data. Other options include a variety of super-capacitor pack energy capacity, depending upon application demands.


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About Viking Technology

Viking Technology leads the Enterprise storage market in hybrid storage technologies, merging solid state solutions with DRAM technology, with solutions such as SATADIMMTM (an SSD in DIMM form factor) and ArxCis-NVTM (a Non-Volatile DIMM, merging DRAM and Flash). With a breadth of solutions that bridge DRAM and SSD, Viking has the ability to deliver storage solution ranging from high-performance computing to embedded kiosks. For more information, visit


Viking Technology is a technology division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider. The two companies have established a legacy of providing Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers with innovative technological development, industry certified manufacturing facilities and the benefits of a global supply chain with long standing, strategic partnerships. More information is available at


About Sanmina-SCI

Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM) is a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) market. Recognized as a technology leader, Sanmina-SCI provides end-to-end manufacturing solutions, delivering superior quality and support to OEMs primarily in the communications, defense and aerospace, industrial and semiconductor systems, medical, multimedia, enterprise computing and storage, automotive and clean technology sectors. Sanmina-SCI has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world. More information regarding the company is available at


Sanmina-SCI Safe Harbor Statement

The foregoing, including the discussion regarding the Company’s future prospects, contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including uncertainties associated with economic conditions in the electronics industry, particularly in the principal industry sectors served by the Company, changes in customer requirements and in the volume of sales principal customers, the ability of Sanmina-SCI to effectively assimilate acquired businesses and achieve the anticipated benefits of its acquisitions, and competition and technological change. The Company's actual results of operations may differ significantly from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements as a result of these and other factors, including factors set forth in our Company’s Annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission.


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Viking Technology Delivers Record Enterprise Server Performance with Next Generation SATADIMM Solid State Drives (SSD)(Press Release)

Showcasing at Storage Networking World (SNW) 2011, Viking Technology SATADIMM enables 1.4M IOPS in Enterprise 1U servers, delivering 3x the performance and capacity levels of traditional hard drive form factor SSDs


FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – April 5, 2011 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a leading global provider and manufacturer of innovative DRAM technology and Solid State Drive solutions, today announced the release of its next generation SATADIMM. Viking Modular’s SATADIMM provides the highest-capacity, highest-performance Solid State Drive (SSD) in the smallest form factor on the market today. Leveraging the form factor of DDR3 DIMMs and the non-volatile capabilities of SSDs, SATADIMM enables enterprise servers to take advantage of its innovative small footprint to drive significantly increased performance per server or “per U”. Viking Modular will demonstrate the product’s unique capabilities at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California, April 4-7, 2011, at Booth # 517.

Available in both 25mm and 18.75mm (VLP) heights in the industry standard 240-PIN DDR3 form factor, Viking Modular’s SATADIMM has the same Bill of Materials (BOM) as a 2.5 inch SSD but with 75% less footprint, greatly enhancing the quantity of SSDs that can be supported within a 1U server. Utilizing the enterprise-class SATADIMM,1U servers can produce 1.4M Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and up to 3x the capacity and overall performance levels compared to current industry standard servers deployed with traditional SSDs. “At Viking Modular we seek to address the real world challenges of system designers and IT departments who need increasing levels of flexibility, power and performance in their server or storage infrastructure,” said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing for Viking Modular Solutions. “Our SATADIMM products were designed with this in mind, allowing increased performance and capacity within the existing footprint. SATADIMM has the potential to change the way enterprise OEMs design their servers and will greatly influence the overall server market.” Viking Modular’s SATADIMM products derive power from any available DDR3 socket, providing a high-performance SSD boost even when hard drive bays are full. SATADIMM delivers sustained performance up to 60,000 IOPS Random Reads and Writes with a transfer speed of 520MB/s, and it supports both 6Gb SATA and SAS interfaces. The SATADIMM family of products is ideal for enterprise markets that utilize systems such as blade servers, smaller 1U rackmount servers, storage bridge bays (SBB) and AdvancedTCA blades (ATCA).

Viking Modular Solutions is a technology division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider. The two companies have established a legacy of providing Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers with innovative technological development, industry certified manufacturing facilities and the benefits of a global supply chain with long standing, strategic partnerships.

Viking Technology Enhances Performance Capabilities for The Embedded And Network Infrastructure Markets (Press Release)

Company Launches Two High-Capacity, Small Form Factor Memory Solutions at Embedded World


FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – March 1, 2011 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a leading global provider and manufacturer of innovative DRAM technology and Solid State Storage solutions, today announced the availability of two new products to the embedded and network infrastructure storage markets – the DDR3 4GB Very Low Profile (VLP) Mini Registered DIMM and the 32GB Single Layer Cell (SLC) CompactFlash. Each product will enable enhanced performance capabilities to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who require high reliability and high capacity solutions in dense system designs. Viking Modular will be showcasing both products at the Embedded World Conference in Nürnberg, Germany March 1-3, 2011 at booth # 9-473.

Viking Modular’s DDR3 4GB delivers the highest density JEDEC compliant 244-pin VLP MiniRDIMM, ideal for applications that are suited for the most demanding environmental conditions including blade servers, storage bridge bay (SBB) and a variety of embedded computing systems. Delivered through Viking Modular’s packaging leadership and expertise, the DDR3 4GB VLP MiniRDIMM supports several key features critical to the embedded and network infrastructure markets, including small form factor with excellent signal integrity, industrial temperature with thermal management, extended testing, and JEDEC compliance.

With expertise in embedded SSD and storage solutions, Viking Modular’s 32GB SLC CompactFlash (CF) ushers in a new level of high reliability, high endurance flash storage in a 1-inch form factor. This solution allows capacity requirements previously only achieved through larger form factor Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). The shift from HDDs to high capacity CF will greatly reduce energy consumption and footprint, as well as reduce overall total cost of ownership (TCO). “Viking Modular has a strong commitment to the embedded and network infrastructure markets, and we have created innovative solutions that address the specific needs of these companies,” said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing for Viking Modular Solutions. “The DDR3 4GB VLP MiniRDIMM and our 32GB SLC CompactFlash Card allow our OEM customers to increase performance and optimize their end solutions, regardless of whether they use a new or existing platform.”

Viking Modular Solutions is a technology division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider. The two companies have established a legacy of providing OEM customers with innovative technological development, industry certified manufacturing facilities and the benefits of a global supply chain with long standing, strategic partnerships.

Viking Technology Uses Patent-Pending Technology to Deliver High-Density DDR3 Dram Modules (Press Release)

DDR3 Stacking Technology Enables 8GB VLP DIMM and 16GB LR-DIMM for Demanding Environments


SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 19, 2010 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), and leading manufacturer of innovative DRAM modules and Solid State Drive (SSD) solutions, today announced its DDR3 8GB Very Low Profile (VLP) Registered DIMM is available for immediate qualification. Suitable for the most demanding environmental conditions, this high-density VLP RDIMM is optimal for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers in the telecommunications, enterprise, cloud and embedded computing markets that need the benefit of high density in a very low profile form factor.

Viking Modular is a leader in creating innovative DRAM packaging solutions that offer excellent signal integrity and thermal management. This latest DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM uses mainstream 2Gbit DDR3 DRAM to deliver a cost effective, reliable, high-density solution, ideally suited for blade servers, storage bridge bay (SBB), AdvancedTCA (ATCA) and multiple space constrained high performance computing environments.

Built with Viking Modular’s patent-pending BGA stacking technology, the DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM features include:
• Superior Thermal Performance: -40°C to 85°C
• PC3-6400 to PC3-10600
• DDR3-1333 240-pin VLP Registered DIMM (w/Thermal Sensor)
• JEDEC Standard MO-269
• Thermal sensing energy management
• Low voltage option (1.35 and 1.5V options)
• Ruggedized enhancements
• Meets SWaP military COTS requirements

“Viking Modular continues to be at the forefront of developing leading DRAM packaging and stacking capabilities,” said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing for Viking Modular Solutions. “This new DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM allows our OEM customers in the enterprise server, storage and embedded markets the flexibility to upgrade new or existing platforms to maximum memory capacities.”

Viking Modular Solutions is a product division of Sanmina-SCI. As a leading electronics manufacturing services provider, Sanmina-SCI continues to provide its OEM customers with cutting-edge technological development, industry certified manufacturing facilities and the benefits of a global supply chain with long standing, strategic partnerships.

Viking Technology First To Bring Latest Sandforce Technology to a Suite Of SSD Solutions (Press Release)

New Viking Modular Products Deliver Highest Levels of Performance Available to the Enterprise and Industrial Markets in Multiple Form-Factors


SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 11, 2010 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq NM: SANM), today announced it has incorporated the SandForce SF-2000 processor family into its product portfolio, with new solutions ready for qualification in the first quarter 2011. Just released, the SF-2500 and SF-2600 are the second generation SandForce SSD processors for enterprise storage environments, and are designed to enable standard high density NAND Flash memory to reliably operate in SATA- and SAS-based enterprise storage applications without compromising performance.

Viking Modular has quickly developed and perfected SSD solutions in multiple form-factors for this latest generation, offering devices that can deliver 6Gb/s SATA III with performance expectations of 60K IOPS random read and write, and 500 MB/s sequential read and write. In addition, these devices utilize DuraClass™ technology, architected to leverage advanced SLC and MLC NAND Flash memory, and to deliver best-in-class performance, endurance, security and power efficiency in a single chip solution.
“SandForce is an important strategic partner for us and we know firsthand that their technology helps us to bring superior functionality to our customers,” said Hamid R. Shokrgozar, President and General Manager of Viking Modular Solutions. “That’s why we have wasted no time incorporating its newest class of controllers into our innovative suite of products. We will continue to deliver our portfolio of industry standard 2.5” and 1.8” form-factor SSDs in addition to developing the next generation of powerful SSD solutions for OEMs in the enterprise and industrial space.”

“We have a strategic collaboration with Viking Modular and are always excited to see how they use SandForce technology to answer real needs in today’s enterprise and industrial markets,” said Michael Raam, President and CEO of SandForce. “The SF-2500 and SF-2600 boast the strongest endurance, performance, security and reliability features in the market today, and we are confident that Viking Modular will provide the right design expertise and packaging technology to maximize the capabilities of these new processors.”

Viking has transformed traditional data storage using SandForce innovative SSD processors, producing numerous high performance solutions in the standard flash memory market for enterprise, client and industrial computing applications. Viking Modular’s SSD solutions will be on display at Storage Networking World in Dallas, Texas, October 11-14, 2010, in the SandForce booth #413.

Viking Technology Unveils First Solid State Drive in DIMM Form-Factor(Press Release)

Ground Breaking New Design Greatly Expands Server Storage Options


SAN JOSE, Calif. – August 19, 2010 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq NM: SANM), and leading manufacturer of innovative DRAM modules and flash solutions, today announced that its SATADIMM is available for immediate customer qualification. SATADIMM is the first of its kind – an Enterprise Class SATA II Solid State Drive (SSD) in an industry-standard DDR3 240-pin DIMM form factor – that is available to the mass market. This technology allows users to significantly increase the capacity and storage performance of their existing server, storage or cloud computing solutions. It also allows systems designer’s new options and greater flexibility when creating new server design.

The SATADIMM offers a high performance and high availability solid state drive in the DDR3 240-pin DIMM form-factor (JEDEC MO-269). By adding SATA to an existing DDR3 DIMM socket, Viking Modular has delivered the performance and power savings desired from an SSD at a fraction of the space required to house a typical 2.5” SSD. This cost-effective solution provides dramatically increased capacity and performance.

“Viking Modular is the first to deliver a ground breaking, flexible and efficient method of enabling SSD integration into standard server & storage appliances,” said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing at Viking Modular. “It can breathe new life into maxed out systems with the high performance and low power consumption of SSD technology. Furthermore, it opens up the possibility for new design, no longer constrained by standard hard drive space requirements.”

Features of the SATADIMM include best-in-class sequential and random performance (30,000 IOPS), intelligent write management techniques for optimized endurance and protection against catastrophic flash failures, and power fail data protection enabled by super capacitor integration on the DIMM. SATADIMM is available in 50GB, 100GB or 200GB capacities.

For current server storage appliances, the SATADIMM has been designed to take advantage of any available 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket. The SATADIMM SSD derives its power from the 1.5V supply to the DIMM socket and data transfer is enabled by using a standard SATA cable. For new designs, system architects will appreciate that the SATA data signals can be routed directly to the socket, thus eliminating the need for any cables.

August 16, 2010 (Press Release)

Slim SATA is the Latest Embedded SATA SSD Designed to the JEDEC MO-297 Specification


FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – August 16, 2010 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation, and leading manufacturer of innovative memory and flash solutions, today announced its Slim SATA SSD, a case-less, small form-factor and rugged SATA SSD, is available for immediate customer qualification.

Viking Modular Solutions’ Slim SATA SSD is an embedded solid state drive solution that delivers outstanding performance in a standard form factor – and is less than half the size of a 2.5” SSD. With its 3Gb SATA II interface and sustained performance of up to 260 MB/s (megabytes per second), the Viking Modular Slim SATA SSD is ideal for telecommunications, gaming, embedded server & storage systems, field computing and defense & aerospace applications.

“With this optimized small form factor SSD, communications and embedded applications can realize the performance associated with full size SSDs,” said Adrian Proctor, vice president of marketing at Viking Modular. “Now, system designers can take advantage of an ideal combination of performance, capacity, power, size and cost.”

Viking Modular’s Slim SATA SSD features intelligent write management techniques to optimize endurance, and offers densities of 25GB, 60GB and 120GB. Slim SATA’s exclusive advanced controller features protection against normally catastrophic flash page and block failures, as well as data path CRC error detection for unparalleled data integrity.

Viking Modular’s Slim SATA SSD conforms to the JEDEC MO-297 industry standard and uses a standard SATA connector. It is available in a RoHS-compliant package and can be configured using MLC or SLC flash technologies.
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VIKING TECHNOLOGY Enables the Embedded, Networking and Communications Markets with DDR3 Small Form-Factor Modules(Press Release)



FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – April 8, 2010 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation, and leading manufacturer of innovative memory and flash solutions, today announced a comprehensive portfolio of DDR3 small form-factor ECC modules.

These DDR3 modules are ideal for space constrained applications typically found in the communications, embedded, industrial and storage markets. Targeted for industry standard platforms such as Blade Severs, Storage Bridge Bays (SBB), AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA, PicoTCA, Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) and Single Board Computers (SBCs) that require Error Correction (ECC), high density and small form-factor module solutions.

Mass production for these modules began in Q1 2010, and are available in a variety of densities and speeds.

Viking Technology and Shocking Technologies Deliver ESD Protected Solid State Solutions (Press Release)



FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – March 18, 2010 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq NM: SANM), and leading manufacturer of innovative memory and flash solutions, today announced availability of its first product featuring Shocking Technologies Xstatic™ Voltage Switchable Dielectric (VSD™) polymer material that protects electronic components from harmful electrostatic discharge (ESD).

“We are extremely proud of the work we have done with Shocking Technologies and look forward to delivering a family of ESD protected Viking Modular Solutions products,” stated Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing for Viking Modular Solutions. “ESD is a major threat to any electronic product and we believe this technology will provide customers with a level of data security never seen before.”

The CompactFlash® card from Viking Modular Solutions can withstand 30KV per the IEC 61004-2 test required for CompactFlash cards. It then takes a further step by increasing direct pin contact discharge protection to 16KV HBM (level 4 semiconductor protection), eight times the level of a standard CompactFlash card. This Viking Modular Solutions ESD protected CompactFlash card is a product deriving from initial development work at Sanmina-SCI and incubation from Shocking Technologies.
“It’s exciting to see our technology being introduced to the world by our partner Sanmina-SCI and its Modular Solutions division,” said Lex Kosowsky, President and CEO of Shocking Technologies. “While this technology will proliferate through the industry, from solid state flash drives to cell phones, it is truly fitting that Viking Modular Solutions will be the first to lead the industry in bringing this new ESD technology to market.”

ESD is a serious issue in solid state electronics, whereby the semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) material can suffer permanent damage when subjected to high voltages. The most common and spectacular form of ESD is the “spark,” which occurs when a strong electric field creates an ionized conductive channel in the air. This occurrence causes a slight discomfort to people, but will cause severe damage to electronic equipment.

Viking Modular Solutions continues to advance its leadership role by proactively developing and delivering high technology products that optimize the value and performance of its customers’ applications in the Network Infrastructure, Embedded, Defense & Aerospace and Enterprise markets.

VIKING TECHNOLOGY announces that their SATA Cube3, an embedded SATA SSD, has achieved MIL-STD-810F Certification(Press Release)



FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – March 3, 2010 – Viking Modular Solutions™, a division of Sanmina-SCI Corporation, and leading manufacturer of innovative memory and flash solutions, today announced its SATA Cube3™, an ultra small form-factor and rugged embedded SATA SSD, has successfully completed tests pursuant to the MIL-STD-810F specification.
Certified under the following test methods, Viking Modular Solutions’ SATA Cube3 is optimized for defense, aerospace, embedded and industrial applications where there is a need for extreme environmental reliability, specifically those of shock, vibration and temperature.

•    Method 514.5 – Vibration (16.3 rms, 10-2,000Hz, 3 axes)
•    Method 516.5 – Shock (50g half-sine, 11ms, 3 shocks each direction, 3 axes)
•    Method 500.4 – Altitude (80,000 ft)
•    Method 501.4 – High Temperature (+85C operational)
•    Method 502.4 – Low Temperature (-40C operational)
•    Method 507.4 – Humidity
•    Method 503.4 – Temperature Shock (-40C to +85C)
•    Method 510.4 – Blowing Dust & Sand
•    Method 513.5 – Acceleration
•    Method 511.4 – Explosive Atmosphere

“This MIL-STD-810F certification highlights Viking Modular Solutions’ commitment to the defense and aerospace industries. Architected to provide a secure, reliable and compact solution, the SATA Cube3 will enable our customers to deliver a wide range of optimized applications such as aircraft data recorders, missile guidance systems, rugged laptops and a host of other mission critical applications,” stated Adrian Proctor, vice president of marketing.

The SATA Cube3 features a SATA II (3Gb/s), 4 channel interface, with read and write performance up to 110MB/s (Megabytes per second) and offered in densities of 4GB to 128GB. Constructed with processor technology that delivers SMART command support, wear leveling and a robust ECC management engine, the SATA Cube3 is available as either a 30x32mm BGA (Ball Grid Array) solder down device or as a removable drive by using the industry standard MicroSATA connector.

The SATA Cube3 offers designers of space constrained form factors such as ATCA, uTCA, AMC, PMC and XMC a SerialATA SSD with a low-volumetric density (86% smaller X-Y footprint than a 2.5” HDD/SSD) while still maintaining a high storage capacity (up to 128GB). For more information, visit the SATA Cube3 webpage.

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