There's thinking outside the box, and then there's what Viking Modular did, which is to create an enterprise class SSD
that doesn't conform to either the 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch form factors. In fact, you won't be plugging the company's new SATADIMMs into any drive bay. In case you haven't figured it out by now, these ingenious SSDs are designed to plug into your PC's DIMM slots.
"Viking Modular is the first to deliver a ground breaking, flexible and efficient method of enabling SSD integration into standard server and storage applications," said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing at Viking Modular. "It can breathe new life into maxed out systems with the high performance and lower power consumption of SSD technology. Furthermore, it opens up the possibility for new design, no longer constrained by standard hard drive space requirements."
You're not likely to see these SSD sticks marketed towards desktop applications, but in the server sector, Viking Modular's SATADIMMs provide an upgrade path for systems that might be otherwise tapped out in terms of physical space. Just plug them in, hook up a SATA cable, and you're good to go.
Viking Modular says these will work with any 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket. No power cable is needed -- the SATADIMMs derive power from the 1.5v that flows through the memory sockets, and there's not much of a performance hit to speak of. On the contrary, these sticks race along at up to 260MB/s for both read and write transfers. Other features include that all-important TRIM support and built-in AES 128-bit encryption.
Viking Modular plans to sell these in 50GB, 100GB, and 200GB capacities, with pricing yet to be determined.