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Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card

User's Guide

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Document Information


Product Notes

Related Documentation


Access to Oracle Support

Preparing for Installation

Understanding Card Features

Flash Module Architecture Overview

Energy Storage Module Overview

Required ESM Replacement

Ship Kit Contents

Required Tools

Observing Safety Precautions

General Safety Information

Safety Symbols

ESD Safety Measures

Perform ESD Prevention Measures

Update the Host System

Installing the Card

Installing the Hardware

Verify Available PCIe Slot

(Optional) Install Full-Height Bracket

Install the Card Into a System

Card LED Locations

FMod Alignment for Optimal Performance

(Optional) Using the SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device

SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device

Configure the SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device (SPARC Systems)

Configure the SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device (x86 Systems)

Remove the Card From a System

Servicing the Card

Servicing FMods

Locate an FMod Using Software

FMod Physical Locations

Remove an FMod

Install an FMod

Replacing FMod Retention Clips

Servicing the ESM

Monitoring ESP Lifespan

Removing the ESM

Installing the ESM

Updating the FMod Firmware

Update the FMod Firmware (Oracle Solaris OS)

Update the FMod Firmware (Windows and Linux OS)

Updating the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware

Update the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware (Oracle Solaris OS)

Update the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware (Linux OS)

Update the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware (Windows)

Replace the Card

Troubleshooting the Card

Troubleshooting Chart

Card LEDs

Understanding Specifications

Physical Dimensions

Environmental Specifications

Electrical Specifications

Connector Pinouts


Required ESM Replacement

Based on the expected life of the ESM in supported hosts, and to maintain optimal card performance, plan to replace the ESM according to the table below.

Host System
Expected ESM Life
Exadata V2
3 years
Exadata X2-2, X2-8
4 years
All other supported servers
3 years

To help you monitor the age of the ESM, Sun provides two options for monitoring the ESM, see Monitoring ESP Lifespan. To service the ESM (F371-4650), see Servicing the ESM.

If the charge capacity in the ESM falls below the minimum threshold, then Oracle will replace the failed ESM module at no extra charge, if the system is covered either by the Oracle Premier Support for Systems or occurs during the warranty period.


Caution - If the ESM is not replaced at the recommended service interval, the level of stored energy will continue to degrade over time. Any data stored on the card is at risk of being lost if there is not enough stored energy to complete a write operation during a power failure. To avoid this risk, replace the ESM at the recommended service interval.

Note - The long-term durability of the ESM is affected by excessive heat. Refer to your server product notes to understand any slot or thermal restrictions that apply to your server.

Product documentation is available at:

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