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Rocket 7628A - 4x MCIOx8 to PCIe Gen5 x16
Gen5 Speed, Field-Proven RAID Technology, & Unrivaled Scalability!

  • Massive Storage Capacity - Scale up 32 Drives & 960TB

  • Low Latency & Reliable Connectivity

  • NVMe RAID Technology supports RAID 0, 1 or 10

  • Comprehensive Storage Health Monitoring, Management & Analysis Suite

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Rocket 7628A

PCIe Gen5 x16 to 4-MCIOx8 NVMe RAID Adapter


HighPoint Rocket 7600 PCIe Gen5 NVMe RAID AICs and Adapters are engineered to enhance the capabilities of Linux and Windows-based Edge Server and High-End workstation platforms. Built on the foundation of our Rocket 1600 Switch series product lines, each RAID AICs/Adapter is armed with industry proven RAID technology and an unparalleled storage health monitoring and management suite designed to maximize the performance, reliability and serviceability of NVMe arrays.

The Rocket 7628 8-Channel PCIe Gen5 NVMe RAID Adapter was designed for professional applications that require uncompromised Storage Performance with the flexibility of proven RAID technology and the industry's most comprehensive storage health Monitoring & Management suite. It can directly support up to 8 U.2/U.3 or E3.S NVMe SSDs via four MCIO ports and cable-to-backplane connectivity. Hosted media can be configured into as many as 4 separate RAID 0, 1 or 10 arrays, including bootable volumes or mixed configurations of single SSDs and arrays. In addition, RocketStor 7628A Adapters are Hot-Plug & Hot-Swap capable; administrators can easily add or remove RAID arrays and individual NVMe SSDs without rebooting the OS or powering down the host platform.

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Key Features


  • 8-Dedicated PCIe 5.0 device channels

  • Directly Supports up to 8x U.2/U.3 or E3.S NVMe SSDs via 4x MCIO Ports & industry standard backplane connectivity

  • High-Performance PCIe Gen5 Switching Architecture: x16 lanes of dedicated upstream & x4 lanes of downstream bandwidth for each device channel

  • Delivers 64GB/s of Bandwidth & Real-world Sustained transfer speeds up to 56,000MB/s

  • Integrated NVMe Hot-Plug & Hot-Swap Capability

  • Intelligent Gen5 Cooling Solution 

  • Comprehensive Storage Health Monitoring, Management & Analysis Suite

  • Industry-proven NVMe RAID Technology supports up to four RAID 0, 1 or 10 configurations

  • Optional Boot-RAID Capability for Linux & Windows 

  • SafeStorage (OPAL SED)

  • Hardware Secure Boot

High-Performance Gen5 Switching Architecture

48 Lanes of Dedicated PCIe Gen5 Bandwidth


HighPoint's High-Performance PCIe Gen5 switching architecture integrates Broadcom’s 48-Channel PEX89048 switch IC to provide x16 lanes of dedicated PCIe Gen5 upstream bandwidth and x4 lanes of dedicated downstream bandwidth to each device channel. The innovative architecture enables the Rocket 7628A to deliver up to 64GB/s of transfer bandwidth, minimize latency, and facilitate consistent, robust I/O throughput.


The Architecture employs a technique known as a “Synthetic Hierarchy” to isolate the host system’s OS from any PCIe topology changes. This enables the Rocket 7628A to directly manage resource allocation to the downstream PCIe channels and provide true Hot-Swap /Hot-Plug capability by facilitating a more efficient interaction between the host CPU and PCIe switch.


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True NVMe Hot-Plug & Hot-Swap Capability

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The Rocket 7628A provides true NVMe SSD Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug capability; an essential feature for any professional server and datacenter platform. Administrators can safely add or remove individual SSDs or RAID arrays without rebooting the OS or powering down the host system.


The Rocket 7628A utilizes Synthetic Hierarchy to isolate the host operating system from any PCIe topology changes (physical changes) and any events associated with the sudden addition or removal of an NVMe device.

The adapter accomplishes this by creating virtual “placeholders” to reserve dedicated resources for each of the eight NVMe downstream ports whenever the system is booted. This technique ensures these channels remain active at all times. Adding an SSD will temporarily replace the corresponding placeholder. Likewise, removing an SSD will reactivate the corresponding placeholder.

Advanced, Intelligent PCIe Gen5 Cooling Solution

HighPoint's intelligent PCIe Gen5 cooling solutions combine the industry's most advanced hardware cooling systems with a suite of pro-active monitoring and management tools designed to keep temperatures in check under the most grueling working conditions.


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The Rocket 7628A's passive, fan-less cooling system pairs copper piping with an aluminum heat exchanger for maximum thermal efficiency & durability. This Zero-Maintenance design is ideal Server & Data Center applications .

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SHI (Storage Health Inspector): Administrators can instantly asses the operating status of hosted NVMe media via S.M.A.R.T. (self-monitoring and reporting technology), can customize temperature thresholds for each NVMe SSD, manually adjust fan speed to best accommodate the target application, and configure email notification services to monitor storage from afar.

Comprehensive Storage Health Monitoring, Management & Analysis Suite

The Rocket 7628A is equipped with HighPoint’s intuitive yet comprehensive monitoring, management and analysis suite, which enables administrators to easily configure and maintain the platform’s NVMe storage ecosystem with a few simple clicks and commands. RAID arrays created using these interfaces will be recognized as single, physical disks, and can be used to install a bootable OS.

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Active NVMe Sensors with Logging & Analysis


The graphical interfaces now incorporate a real-time NVMe Sensor logging system which tracks and records the temperature, fan-speed and electrical characteristics of the adapter and each hosted SSD over time, and presents the data via a series of simple plotted curves and line charts. 

These records can be exported as needed, and can help administrators narrow the scope of troubleshooting tasks by identifying potential faults and at-risk storage media, and implement preventative measures to maximize the lifespan of the RAID array and maintain optimal performance. 

Intelligent Self-Diagnostic LEDs


HighPoint PCIe Gen5 AICs and Adapters feature Built-In Early Warning LED Indicators. Simple color coding and flash-patterns enable administrators to instantly asses the operational status and condition of hosted SSDs and RAID arrays, the strength of the PCIe connection, and temperature of the PCIe switch hardware.


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OOB Management


The Rocket 7628A provides OOB (out-of-band) management capability; an essential component of datacenter server infrastructure. BMC and MCTP over PCIe enables administrators and service technicians to securely interface with the NVMe AIC without the need for internet access. The service is scalable and can be used to administrate multiple servers via Linux command prompts to manage storage in both Pre-OS and OS-level environments.

Specifications

Product Model

Rocket 7628A (R7628A)

Product Name

Rocket 7628A PCIe Gen5 x16 to 4-MCIOx8 NVMe RAID Adapter

Product Category

PCIe Gen5 NVMe RAID AIC/Adapter

Hardware Features

Bus Interface

PCIe 5.0 x16

Number of Channel / Port

8x Device Channels / 4x MCIO Ports (Dedicated PCIe 5.0 x8 per MCIO)

Connector Type

MCIO (SFF-1016 8x)

Connector Pinout Definition

SFF-9402 Compliant

Number of devices

8

Data Port Reconfiguration (Downstream Configuration: 1x16 /2x8 /4x4 /8x2 /16x1 )

Yes

SSD Form Factor

U.2, U.3, E3.S (via cabling accessories)

External Power Support

No

SRIS and REFCLK Support

TBA; please contact Sales for more information

Downstream port containment

Yes

Read tracking

Yes

Synthetic Hierarchy

Yes

LED Indication

Intelligent, Self-Diagnostic LEDs

Audible Alarm

Yes

Power Measurement

Real Time Power Measurement

FRU Support

Yes

SSD Hot-Plug/Hot-Swap Support

Yes

OOB Management

Yes (BMC and MCTP over PCIe)

Storage Security Suite

SED Support

SafeStorage OPAL SED Solution (Windows & Linux)

Hardware Secure Boot

Yes

Backplane Features

UBM Support

Yes

VPP Support

Yes

Mechanical Specifications

Form Factor

LP-MD2

Card Dimensions

155mm x 68.9mm with primary component 14.1mm

Card Weight

0.75 lbs.

PCIe Bracket

Full-Height and Low-Profile Ventilated Brackets

Cooling Solution

Intelligent, Pro-Active PCIe Gen5 Cooling Solution
• Full-Length Aluminum Heatsink (Passive) • Copper piping • Compliant with PCIe Specifications

Toolless SSD mounting system

N/A

Supported Systems

OS

Only Supports 64-bit operating systems; Windows 11, 10 / Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016 / Microsoft Hyper-V; RHEL, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Proxmox & Rocky Linux (Linux kernel 3.10 and later)

Secure Boot

Yes (Windows Only)

NVMe Configuration

RAID Support

Single, RAID 0, 1, 10

TRIM RAID Support

Single, RAID 0, 1, 10

Storage Mode - NVMe

Data-RAID

Yes

Boot-RAID

Yes

NVMe RAID Management

Management Suites

WebGUI (Browser-Based management tool), CLI (Command Line Interface - scriptable configuration tool), API package, UEFI HII

SMTP Email Alert Notification

Yes

Alarm Buzzer

Yes

Storage Health Inspector

Yes

NVMe SMART status

Yes

Automatic and configurable RAID Rebuilding Priority

Yes

Auto resume incomplete rebuilding after power on or reboot system

Yes

Single-RAID or Multi-RAID Arrays per Controller

Yes

Cross-Sync RAID Solution Across Controllers

Yes

Advanced RAID features

Online Array Roaming

Yes

RAID Quick Initialization for fast array setup

Yes

Global Hot Spare Disk support

Yes

Operating Environment

Working Temp.

0°C ~ + 55°C

Storage Temp.

'-20°C ~ +80°C

Operating Voltage

PCIe: 12V(+/- 8%), 3.3V (+/- 8%)

Power

16.26W

MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure)

> 5,000,000 hours at 40° C

Kit Contents

Kit Contents

R7628A NVMe RAID Adapter
Low-Profile Ventilated Bracket
QIG

Optional Accessories

Cabling

CIO8-8639-110
CIO8-CIO8-110
CIO8-1002-110
8654-CIO8-110
Spec

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