Virtium debuts StorFly M.2 NVMe solid state drives for industrial, embedded IoT designs

Virtium, provider of solid-state drive (SSD) and memory solutions for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) segment, introduced on Monday its StorFly NVMe M.2 line of SSDs – designed to deliver power-saving, dependable storage to embedded and IIoT designs.

The highly durable StorFly M.2 NVMe SSDs draw an industry-low 3W of power and feature industrial-temperature (I-Temp) support of -40Cº to 85Cº, with no performance degradation, allowing designs to incorporate higher-performance, secure storage and data protection into harsh environments.

Virtium manufactures solid-state-storage and memory solutions for industrial embedded OEM customers. It designs, builds and supports products in the USA, and provide a dedicated software team for custom storage solutions –fortified by a network of global locations.

StorFly M.2 NVMe is one of the very few SSD families available that supports mainstream 2-D, or planar, multilevel-cell (MLC) flash memory, providing an alternative to limited-availability, highly allocated 3D triple-level cell (TLC) devices. That 2D MLC support helps ensure that manufacturers have a consistent and reliable supply source of proven MLC NAND flash for immediate use. The StorFly M.2 NVMe line does support 3D TLC flash, for designs that demand it, as well as Virtium’s own XE Class flash that employs high-endurance yet cost-effective industrial MLC technology. This versatility of StorFly M.2 NVMe’s NAND support enables the future-proofing of designs that can scale with the latest NAND flash technology.

Based on the latest NVMe 1.2 and PCIe 3.0 specifications, these new Virtium SSDs not only deliver high-speed data transfer in industrial-embedded and IIoT applications but also can be configured to support x1, x2 and x4 lanes, depending on the host system requirements. This configurability can help reduce both power consumption and heat generation in industrial-embedded and IIoT systems, while also ensuring a stable performance curve over workload and temperature variations.

“Unlike enterprise and client NVMe applications, where data speeds and storage capacities take priority, the industrial-embedded and IIoT market segments place greater importance on maintaining data integrity and security,” said Scott Phillips, vice president of marketing at Virtium. “The new StorFly M.2 NVMe SSDs combine the NVMe performance boost and lane configurability with Virtium’s leading technologies in low power, small form factor and I-Temp support, giving the drives a significant advantage over the competition.”

The StorFly M.2 NVMe line further expands Virtium’s portfolio of intelligent, secure solid-state storage solutions used by system and device manufacturers worldwide. The market segments served by those solutions include communications, energy, industrial automation, medical, transportation, and video/signage.

StorFly M.2 NVMe SSDs offers “binary” capacities, such as 256GB and 512GB, requiring lower overprovisioning than with 240GB and 480GB drives, thus maximizing system compatibility. It also includes vtGuard power-fail protection to guard against drive corruption in case of unexpected power loss; vtView support for drive monitoring and alerts; and vtSecure technology, enabling additional data security.

The StorFly M.2 NVMe SSDs, in an 80mm form factor, will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

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