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SBExpress-RM

Full turnkey NVMe 2.5″ SSD validation test system

 

SBExpress-RM (Rackmount) System

The SANBlaze SBExpress-RM is a complete turnkey NVMe 2.5" SSD validation test system. The SBExpress-RM feature set provides unique functions applicable to all aspects of a product lifecycle, from development and QA, to design validation and manufacturing test cycles.  

The ability to drive NVMe SSDs with a wide range of configurable attributes provides engineers with a flexible, multi-controller supported validation test platform.
 
Development, qualification, and certification test cycles can be highly automated, thus reducing overall test time, and rapidly surfacing errors and non-conformance.

The SANBlaze SBExpress-RM hardware provides a rackmount chasis with sixteen dual or single port front-accessible drives. The hardware can be easily daisy chained for maximum scaleability.
 

S O F T W A R E  F E A T U R E S

  • Test coverage for all aspects of the 1.3 Version NVMe specification UNH
     

  • NVMe-MI (Management Interface) testing over SMBus
     

  • Conformance Test Suite 7.0 with Dual Port drive support SGL, SR-IOV, full namespace control and reservations
     

  • Drive multiple ports of traffic simultaneously

     

S Y S T E M  F E A T U R E S

  • Read / write / compare testing
     

  • Error injection
     

  • Custom command builder
     

  • Drive and test single or multiple NVMe target devices
     

  • Send specific or custom op codes in an easy to use scriptable format

  • ​Sixteen drives, all front accessible
     

  • All sixteen drives can be single or dual port
     

  • Risers are field replaceable
     

  • Ability to power on/off drives
     

  • Measure voltage and power at each drive
     

  • Systems can be "daisy chained" up to 32 drives per host connection 
     

  • A single SANBlaze host can support up to 64 drives under test (see Lowest Cost per Drive below)

  •  Excellent thermal design with  unobstructed air flow 
 
  • Six fans, all independently speed controlled 
 
  • Eight temperature monitor points
 
  • Thermal Chamber Testing 
 
  • Voltage margining +/- 15% 
 
  • Hot plug, slot power, and drive presence under software control 

T H E R M A L  C H A R A C T E R I S T I C S
 

Version            Temperature Rating      

Commercial              -5C to 45C                                  
 

Industrial                   -5C to 75C                                 

A B I L I T Y  T O  S C A L E

Basic Configuration

(16 Drives)

Scale with two SBExpress-RMs

(32 Drives)

All information is subject to change. Configurations rely on host system BIOS support and may be restricted by the host. Contact SANBlaze for additional information.

S B E x p r e s s  O v e r v i e w

An introduction to the capabilities of the SBExpress full turnkey NVMe 2.5″ SSD validation test system.

H A R D W A R E  C O M P O N E N T S

PCIe Adapter and Cable

PCIe Adapter

RM Riser Carrier

RM Riser

Quarch Riser Carrier (RM)

See what's included for each option by clicking on the PDF

VirtuaLUN Software

General Features
 

  • High bandwidth NVMe 1.3 testing (24GB/sec)

  • NVMe-MI (Management Interface) testing support

  • Full hot-plug support

  • Voltage margining

  • Power monitoring at each drive

  • Automated stress testing for validation

  • Software integration for automation test environments REST/XML API and CLI test infrastructure

  • Performance over time, power over time

  • Latency testing

  • UNH conformance test support

  • Dual and Single Port SSD support

  • m.2 SSD adapter available

  • I2C connection to Management Interface (MI)

Key Applications
 

  • Quarch™ integration, which allows signal “glitching,” hot plug/surprise removal*

  • Simultaneous signal integrity test control with data verification

  • Extensive NVMe command control including firmware download, format, namespace management, T10 DIF

  • Generic IO for all NVMe low level and custom commands

  • Performance testing

  • Error handling

  • Multi port failover testing

  • Full validation test capability beyond “UNH conformance” with a fully customizable solution to match “end to end” departmental test requirements from engineering development to validation to QA to manufacturing floor

    *coming soon

SBExpress VirtuaLUN NVMe Software

  • The VLUN NVMe software provides full control and programmability of parameters, providing unique storage test conditions for NVMe drive testing, development and conformance testing. VLUN software includes:

  • Test coverage for all aspects of the 1.3 Version NVMe specification

  • UNH Conformance Test Suite 7.0 with Dual Port drive support

  • SGL, SR-IOV, full namespace control and reservations

  • Drive multiple ports of traffic simultaneously

  • Send specific or custom op codes in an easy to use scriptable format

  • Read/write/compare testing

  • Error injection

  • Custom command builder

  • Drive and test single or multiple NVMe target devices

NVMe Test Platform Features
 

  • Supports 4-lane (Single) and 2×2-lane (Dual) PCIe devices.

  • Supports a total of 8 DUT’s dual path or 16 DUT’s single path

  • Internal power source – 110V/240V AC, 50-60Hz, 8.5A.

  • NVMe connector savers (interposer boards)

  • Hot swappable devices under test

  • Status and power indicators

  • Power margining

  • Power measurements and insertion count