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SANBlaze Announces PCIe NVMe Gen4 at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2019

MONDAY AUGUST 6, 2019. LITTLETON, MA. SANBlaze Technology, Inc., a leader in NVMe test platforms and Storage Emulation systems, announced today that it is demonstrating its new state-of-the-art PCIe NVMe Gen4 Test System, the SANBlaze SBExpress-RM4 at FMS, providing NVMe SSD manufacturers performance and compliance testing on their NVMe solid state storage drives. As early adopters, major manufacturers of NVMe Gen4 SSDs have qualified SANBlaze’s Gen4 offering, and the company is now excited to announce general availability of their Gen4 solution during FMS.

Gen4, the next generation of PCIe (PCIe 4.0) doubles the bandwidth from 1 GB/s to 2 GB/s per lane while providing better signal reliability and integrity for improved performance. With PCIe Gen4 providing the fastest interconnect speeds to date, the SANBlaze SBExpress has now doubled its bandwidth from 16GB to 32GB per host adapter.

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"PCIe Gen4 technology is here, and it's perfectly matched to the next generation of storage that NVMe Gen4 drives offer. PCIe Gen4 doubles the bandwidth of the storage interconnect and keeps NVMe well ahead of any competing technology,” said Vince Asbridge, President of SANBlaze. “Gen4 also introduces a significant set of challenges to drive manufacturers in terms of qualification infrastructure.  Our state-of-the-art SBExpress-RM4 system allows connectivity of up to 16 NVMe Gen4 drives, single or dual path, allowing drive manufacturers to qualify NVMe Gen4 drives at PCIe Gen4 speeds using our Certified by SANBlaze suite of automated tests."

Features in the new SANBlaze SBExpress-RM4 include U.2 or U.3 single port or dual port risers; hot plug, slot power, and drive presence under software control; voltage and power measurement at each drive; six fans for optimal thermal design; and voltage margining +/- 15%.

In addition to testing PCIe NVMe Gen4 drives, SANBlaze offers initiator and target testing of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) including NVMe over RoCE, Fibre Channel, and TCP/IP. In summary, SANBlaze tests NVMe over Everything™ and is the leader in the NVMe SSD and NVMe over Fabric testing space.

SANBlaze will provide a live demonstration of its SBExpress-RM4 NVMe Gen4 Test System during FMS at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA August 6th – 8th 2019. Stop by Booth #624 to see a live demonstration of SANBlaze’s new test system for PCIe Gen4 NVMe Drives.

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