Solidigm client SSD solutions are based on three primary characteristics which include the use of Intel QLC NAND, integration on an M.2 form factor, and the use of the PCIe interface. QLC NAND allows for increased capacity at lower cost per gigabyte. The M.2 form factor allows for easy integration in a wide range of system styles and the PCIe interface delivers superior bandwidth over legacy SATA which is the traditional storage connection used in most client systems, primarily desktop. Today, the Solidigm client segment is made up of the Solidigm 660p as well as the Solidigm 670p both of which utilize Intel QLC NAND, are available as M.2 SSD and use the PCIe 3.0 x4 as the performance bus.
Solidigm SSD 660p/670p SSD Introduction
The Solidigm 660P SSD (previously Intel) was the first M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x 4 SSD to utilize QLC, or Quad Level Cell NAND. QLC is a NAND technology that increases the density of the NAND module by adding an additional data bit to each memory cell, which lowers the cost per gigabyte, bringing SSDs ever closer to the pricing for HDDs. Following the 660P, Solidigm introduced the 670P which includes several enhancements including a more robust controller, enhanced cache algorithms and leverages Intel 144 Layer 3D QLC NAND.
The Solidigm 660P and 670P are available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. These storage drives have several features that make them a unique solution for the client market which allow resellers to differentiate their systems, as well as provide more value to their customers. Aside from incorporating higher density Intel 3D 64 and 144 layer QLC NAND these drives are M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, so they deliver the full throughput capability of PCIe, avoiding the bottleneck limitations of SATA. Since they are an M.2 form factor, resellers don’t need any special cables or adapters, making integration into a desktop system an easy process.