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Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?


Gary Hilson, EETimes, Jul. 17, 2017 – 

TORONTO - Is NVM Express (NVMe) overkill for embedded, industrial applications?

Until recently, that's been the consensus, according to Scott Phillips, vice president of marketing at Virtium. But as big players such as Intel and Micron push the interface specification forward, Phillips said many industrial customers are approaching the company and asking about NVMe. In a telephone interview with EE Times, he said they see the potential benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) and sensors that generate large volumes of data about operations, but don't know how to get started.

Phillips said that as Virtium's business model is one of "first in, last out," it's supporting DRAM that's been around for as long as eight years, while also having to be forward thinking about new technologies such as the demands of IoT and the role of NVMe. Right now, customers looking at it don't need the performance it offers, but as it goes mainstream it will end up having a place in embedded industrial applications.

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