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Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card

User's Guide

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Product Notes

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Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card Overview

Card Overview

About the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card

Key Features

Card Hardware Components

Card Software and Firmware Components

Card LEDs

Card Specifications

Physical Dimensions

Environmental Specifications

Electrical Specifications

Preparing the Card for Installation

Required Tools

Ship Kit Contents

Observing Safety Precautions

General Safety Information

Safety Symbols

ESD Safety Measures

Perform ESD Prevention Measures

Update the Host Operating System

Installing the Card

Installation Overview

Installing the Card Into a Server

Card Optimization Guidelines

Install a New Card

Remove an Existing Card From a Server

Servicing the Card

Service Overview

Update the Card Software

Update the Card Firmware

Technical Support

Servicing the Card Using the ddcli Utility

Accessing the ddcli Utility

Verify Card Status

ddcli Utility Command Summary

List All Command

List Command

Update Flash Package Command

Health Reporting Command

Locate Card Command

Format Card Command

Show the Vital Product Data Command

Extract SMART Logs Command

Help Command

Troubleshooting Using Card LEDs

Error Messages

Exception Handling

Firmware Exception Error Messages

Reason Codes

Index

Card Hardware Components

The Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card contains these hardware components:

Component
Description
Four SSD flash memory modules
Total of 400 GB 32nm eMLC NAND flash is directly mounted on the card in two stacks. Each flash module hosts an integrated multi-channel NAND flash controller.
PCI-E to SAS protocol controller
The card host controller has a PCI-E 2.0 x8 host interface connecting to a SAS/SATA x4 6 Gbit/sec protocol controller.
Energy storage components
Energy storage component capacitance allows time to shut down tasks cleanly, assuring full data retention during loss of power.

The Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card is a block storage device, with block sizing optimization capabilities. You can use the card for either nonpersistent or persistent data. The card offers high-performance with low latency and a low CPU burden. The Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card is designed with advanced enterprise multi-level cell NAND (eMLC) technology for high-level performance and write durability, while providing higher capacity than SLC NAND cards.

The Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card presents itself to the operating system through a Fusion-MPTâ„¢ interface as a flash card with four drives, that requires minimal user configuration. The card functions using a SAS controller with drive firmware running on its internal processor. The controller connects to up to four embedded flash memory modules.

For example, one Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card displays as follows in an Oracle Solaris operating system:

5. c0t500051610010E810d0 <ATA-3E128-TS2-550B00-T3EM cyl 65533 alt 2 hd 16 sec 186> 
/scsi_vhci/disk@g500051610010e810
6. c0t500051610010EA9Cd0 <ATA-3E128-TS2-550B00-T3EM cyl 65533 alt 2 hd 16 sec 186>
 /scsi_vhci/disk@g500051610010ea9c
7. c0t500051610010EC0Cd0 <ATA-3E128-TS2-550B00-T3EM cyl 65533 alt 2 hd 16 sec 186>
 /scsi_vhci/disk@g500051610010ec0c
8. c0t500051610010EC60d0 <ATA-3E128-TS2-550B00-T3EM cyl 65533 alt 2 hd 16 sec 186> 
 /scsi_vhci/disk@g500051610010ec60 

The Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card uses a low-profile, half-height, and half-length PCIe board, as shown in the following illustration.

Figure 1 Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card Components

image:Figure showing card tpo down image.

Figure Legend

1 Flash stack 1 (Cage 1)

2 Flash stack 2 (Cage 2)

3 Board

4 Bracket

The card meets the PCI low-profile MD2 specification. The card has a PCIe interface that complies with the PCI Express Specification 2.0.

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