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Externally Hot-Swappable, Multiple-Node, Flash Memory Device Enclosure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236170D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 105K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a design to provide users with the ability to hot-swap a multiple-node and varying capacity flash memory device. This solution enables an easy to remove enclosure, designed for external access while the system is running.

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Externally Hot-Swappable, Multiple-Node, Flash Memory Device Enclosure

The novel contribution is a design that allows a complete Electromagnetic Interface (EMI), Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), and thermal ready enclosure to be used with multi-node flash memory architectures. This enclosure, used internally to a server, enables concurrent and hot removal/replacement of varying capacity devices in a data-center server environment.

No other solution provides a completely enclosed, multiple flash nodes device to be used internal to a server while also allowing for hot-swapping. The only other fully enclosed devices are external use solid state hard drives. Other flash memory devices that are used internal to a system do not satisfy the EMI aspects of this design and are typically open-card design (not enclosed or EMI sealed for hot-swapping). Other existing enclosures are intended for use with typical hard-drives, not flash memory.

Previous solutions provide either an internal use only device, making removal difficult or time consuming, or a completely external-use solution, which does not accommodate a fully integrated or hot-swappable storage solution.

The solution is a design to provide users with the ability to hot-swap a multiple-node and varying capacity flash memory device. This solution enables an easy to remove enclosure, designed for external access while the system is running. The enclosure is designed to address the needs for EMI, ESD, and thermal requirements. This can be upgraded to different capacity design points (e.g., multiple nodes).

The design consists of an enclosure that holds up to two flash memory circuit boards. This enclosure features the EMI spri...