ATP Launches M.2 NVMe SSDs: 3D MLC, SMI, Extreme Temps, Up to 2.5 GB/sby Anton Shilov on February 2, 2018 2:00 PM EST
ATP has introduced its new lineup of SSDs aimed at industrial applications and are designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures and humidity. The new ATP M.2 NVMe drives use 3D MLC memory to maximize their endurance, and are driven by what we believe to be a SM2260 controller. They come in come in M.2-2280 form-factor (as the name suggests), use a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and demonstrate a rather high read performance of up to 2.5 GB/s. Such performance levels are rare for industrial-grade SSDs, as they typically rely on a SATA interface and offer fairly conservative performance levels to match.
ATP’s M.2 NVMe family of SSDs consist of two sub-families: the N600c for commercial applications and the N600i for industrial applications. The drives are based on Micron’s 3D MLC NAND memory (certified to work in extreme conditions in case of the N600i) as well as a Silicon Motion controller that ATP does not disclose. Based on performance figures (see below) and the fact that we are dealing with SSDs for commercial and industrial workloads, it is highly likely that the drives use SMI’s time-proven SM2260 SoC that supports LDPC as well as RAID data recovery for advanced error correction.
ATP’s M.2 NVMe N600c and N600i SSDs will be available in 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB configurations. As for performance, ATP specs the drives for up to 2.5 GB/s sequential read speeds and up to 1.1 GB/s sequential write speeds (when pSLC caching is used). When it comes to random performance, the M.2 NVMe SSDs are rated for up to 100K read/write IOPS (which is a rather conservative figure for SM2260-based drives).
The M.2 NVMe N600i series is designed to withstand up to 16.4 G vibration and 1500G/0.5ms shock, extreme temperatures from –40°C to +85°C, as well as high humidity (5%-95% RH, non-condensing at 25°C). To put extreme temperatures into perspective, the M.2 NVMe N600i can operate in Antarctica (but not in “winter”) or in the Lut Desert in Iran. In the real world, the SSDs will serve inside space-constrained industrial, embedded or commercial PCs, servers, and military-grade equipment. Since such applications are barely write intensive, the drives are rated for up to 1.75 DWPD (but ATP does not disclose over which period). Meanwhile, the M.2 NVMe N600c series is aimed at commercial applications, so they are not designed for extreme environments: their operating temperature range is between 0°C and 70°C, but they can sustain up to 2.1 DWPD.
|ATP's M.2 NVMe N600c (Commercial) and N600i (Industrial) SSDs|
|Capacity||128 GB||256 GB||512 GB||1 TB|
|Controller||Silicon Motion SM2260 (?)|
|NAND Flash||3D MLC NAND|
|Form-Factor, Interface||M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2|
|Operating Temperature||Commercial||0°C to 70°C|
|Industrial||-40°C to C to 85°C|
|Vibration Resistance||1.6G (10 - 2000 Hz)|
|Shock Resistance||1500G/0.5 ms half sine wave|
|Operating Humidity||5% - 95% RH non-condensing at 25°C|
|Sequential Read||1060 MB/s||2100 MB/s||2500 MB/s||2540 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||600 MB/s||700 MB/s||1100 MB/s|
|Random Read IOPS||~100K|
|Random Write IOPS||~100K|
|DRAM Buffer||Yes, capacity unknown|
|TCG Opal Encryption||Yes|
|Power Consumption||Idle||1.38 ~ 2.05 W|
|Read||4.26 ~ 6.7 W|
|Write||5.61 ~ 7.29 W|
|Power Management||DevSleep, Slumber (?)|
|Endurance||Commercial||Random Write||76 TBW||153 TBW||307.2 TBW||614.4 TBW|
|Sequential Write||192 TBW||384 TBW||768 TBW||1536 TBW|
|Sequential Write||up to 1280 TBW|
|DPWD||up to 1.75|
ATP’s M.2 NVMe N600i and N600c SSDs are expected to be available shortly. Pricing will vary depending on volumes, exact configurations and other factors. MSRPs for commercial drives range from $96 to $523.
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lazarpandar - Friday, February 2, 2018 - linkNot a competitive price imo
jordanclock - Friday, February 2, 2018 - linkCompared to what?
Kevin G - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - linkFor the consumer market who just needs regular 0 to 70 C temperature range and no major shock resistance, yeah, the pricing is very poor. For the industrial market which can justify the premium for those niche features, the pricing is fairly good.
Tams80 - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - linkJust that they're 3D MLC justifies the prices, let alone the temperature and physical durability.
Dragonstongue - Monday, February 5, 2018 - linkI just do not get how makers (Crucial, samsung etc) seem to charge that much more per Gb on NVME/m.2 etc than they generally do with the standard sata designed SSD...they do not have the case etc extra thermal pads needed and so forth, in other words bill of materials is less on these newer style than the older style, yet the older style is less pricey (not taking into account the speed of the flash modules which probably makes more or less 0 difference on cost to them, sure does to end user)
As for these specific ones, the temperature levels are nothing fancy, my crucial drives have exactly the same resistance, however, the durability (TBW) is quite amazing as is the crazy speeds (even when most desktop users do not currently have programs that can truly tap into the advantage of something reading GB speeds..yes there are some programs that can, but, the difference going from a more mainstream harddrive to solid state alone seems to show 99% of the advantage, but, from a decent solid state to one of these style seems pricey for nothing gained IMO)
not to mention most motherboards these things tend to be in the worst possible location to be away from the heat the system generates which hurts their potential performance via throttling..heatshield are useless so far as I have seen, if anything, they make it more likely to happen.
As for price, the 525gb model, just as a price comparison, for a Crucial MX300-500 525gb (yes much slower by spec) here in Canada ~$200 shipped, so one of these would be ~$340 (tax and ship) not so very price competitive even comparing equally high end models from Samsung and the like...they all seem to be targeting similar price points not trying to compete for the sale..i.e all working together to fleece customer pricing ^.^
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