Newark, Calif. - SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. has reduced its defective parts per million (DPPM) rate for its Enterprise Memory by more than 90 percent. The company has attained a reliability level of sub-two hundred DPPM for its DDR3 RDIMM enterprise memory. By comparison, typical DDR3 RDIMM memory can have DPPM rates in the thousands, according to the company.
This level of DPPM rate translates into increased data integrity and reduced costs for data center and storage customers by lowering memory failure rates. SMART Modular attributes the DPPM rate to the company's SMART proprietary Ultra-Reliability Test (URT) burn-in process, whereby early life failures and weak modules are eliminated through SMART's URT lab. Every enterprise-grade module undergoes a triple-stress process that consists of hours of burn-in at high speed operation, running custom software at 99% DRAM utilization, said SMART.
SMART's Enterprise Memory is available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB DDR3 Registered DIMMs. The company said it has shipped more than 100,000 Enterprise Memory modules with a proven failure rate of less than two in ten thousand.
As an example, in a 4GB DDR3 module analysis, SMART shipped more than 31,000 Enterprise Memory modules to an enterprise storage OEM customer that yielded a DPPM rate of 161. Another example shows that SMART shipped more than 88,000 8GB DDR3 Enterprise Memory modules with a DPPM rate of 151.
"Enterprise OEMs are under constant pressure to improve quality while reducing costs. SMART's Enterprise Memory enables them to meet those goals," said Alan Marten, president of the Memory Business Unit for SMART Modular Technologies, in a statement. "Having failure rates fall consistently below 200 parts per million speaks directly to quality. And this quality, in turn, provides significant savings for our OEM customers in field service costs and substantially decreases the downtime experienced by their end customers. Our Enterprise Memory brings tremendous value to our customers, and that's our goal."
The company also offers URT burn-in as a value-added service for modules manufactured by other DRAM manufacturers.