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Exascend introduces industrial rugged PCIe Gen3 and SATA3 SSD products
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Exascend Co. Ltd., a leading service-driven high-performance storage solution provider, has announced the availability of new line of thermally optimized, ultra-capacity, high speed and PCIe Gen3 NVMe and SATA3 SSD products based on Marvell's industry leading SSD controller.

Exascend PI3 (PCIe Gen3x4) product series are Industrial grade (-40 degree C - 85 degree C operating temperature) SSD with enterprise performance features (sustain high speed and low latency) available in standard U.2 up to 8TB, M.2 2280 up to 4TB. Legacy part such as SI3 Series (industrial SATA3) are still available with capacity up to 4TB and will be a long-term support item.

Design and optimized for industrial and rugged applications, where unpredictable operating environment, wide temperature fluctuations, thermal and airflow restrictions pose significant design challenges for small form factor, especially when SATA3 is migrating to high performance PCIe NVMe SSDs.

"The new generation of industrial applications requires lower latency, consistent QoS, and ever increasing sustained high performance under all operation conditions. PI3 SSD product innovates by fusing Exascend enterprise performance storage with proprietary thermal management technology and extended temperature support. With the introduction of our rugged PCIe SSD for rugged applications," said Exascend CEO Frank Chen, "Exascend is very proud in achieving a significant milestone for the global storage industry. The accelerating trend of Flash adoption for rugged applications, industrial automation, edge computing has called upon service focused companies like Exascend to deliver enterprise performance solutions under wide temperature operating conditions - two conflicting requirements by conventional perceptions. By leveraging our deep expertise in SSD technology, Exascend is able to accomplish both requirements simultaneously and advance our mission to push the boundary of possibilities."

Hardware-based AES 256 encryption engine with TCG OPAL 2.0 support

Both PI3 and SI3 series products support TCG Opal 2.0. By encrypting the entire drive, users do not need to worry about their data being accessed if the drive, laptop, or mobile device is stolen or lost.

In addition to standard PCIe NVMe and SATA3 features set, Exascend products are engineered with innovative features and optimizations based on proprietary technologies for rugged applications.

Exascend adaptive thermal control

Exascend's patented algorithm continuously monitors drive thermals, and regulates drive performance to improve SSD reliability, simultaneously enhancing sustained performance and quality of service (QoS) by 10X. Below is an example of performance benchmark in thermal chamber simulating operation temperature under wide temperature range.

4TB M.2 write performance (MB/s)

4TB M.2 write performance (MB/s)

M.2 is far more challenging as opposed to 2.5" or U.2 form factor due to thermal-dissipation is very limited in such small form factor, the higher the capacity, the more difficult it gets. Nevertheless, Exascend's 4TB M.2 can provide a 1,450MB/s sustained write under -40 degree C – 75 degree C, 700MB/s sustained write at 75 degree C – 85 degree C.

Exascend accelerated boot

We recognize system responsiveness is a critical aspect of user experience, high capacity Flash storage may take minutes to respond after power cycle, negatively impacting responsiveness. Accelerated boot is our unique technology, by streamlining initialization to prioritize system response, and layering initialization to allow background error correction and recovery, reducing boot time from minutes to seconds, dramatically improving system responsiveness.

Exascend rugged feature suite

Exascend's standard rugged feature suite including Secure Firmware Update, Tamper Proof Firmware Encryption, Firmware Rollback Protection, Optional Power Loss Protection, pSLC Support, Industrial Temperature Range, Enterprise Performance, High QoS, Low Latency, Fix Major BOM Service

Exascend deep customization service

Exascend's platform-based technology enables deep customization to drive value-add services. We provide engineering support on further performance, power, thermal optimizations and security, vendor unique features on PI3 / SI3 products.

Optional value-add features

Exascend's Optional Value-Add Features including thermal, performance and power budget tuning, configurable drive over capacity and provisioning, configurable DWPD (drive writes per day) for extended endurance and life, customizable LED status lighting, customized drive SMART status and telemetry data, write protect or read-only mode for security purpose, integration support of drive life monitoring, rugged erase trigger with quick erase and sanitize erase, custom form factor and connector interface, and exclusive factory data recovery service.

Target applications

PI3/SI3 SSD products are implemented in: factory automation, IoT gateway, transportation, edge server, medical equipment, telemetry devices, 5G telecommunication, autonomous driving, and surveillance.

Exascend is a service-oriented provider of innovative standard and custom storage solutions, specialized in low power, high performance, and high reliability products. Since its founding, the company has been awarded more than 45 US and worldwide patents on storage related technologies. "Engineering Inspiration to Innovation" Exascend takes pride in enabling its global customers to push the boundary of possibilities and to differentiate with quality, reliability, and flexibility. For more information about Exascend, please visit

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