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Rocket 1528D - 4-SlimSASx8 to PCIe Gen4 x16 2nd Generation PCIe Gen4 NVMe Switch Adapter

New Features

  • Hot-Plug & Hot-Swap Support

  • Hardware Secure Boot

  • OOB Management

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Rocket 1528D

PCIe Gen4 x16 to 4-SlimSASx8 NVMe Switch Adapter

The Rocket 1528D 2nd Generation PCIe Gen4 NVMe Switch Adapter delivers up to 32GB/s of transfer bandwidth and can support up to eight U.2 or U.3 NVMe SSDs via four SlimSAS (SFF-8654) ports and cable connections to SFF-8639 or SFF-8654/SFF-1016 UBM and VPP compliant backplanes.

The compact, robust form-factor complies with the LP-MD2 specification, and is broadly compatible with industry-standard server and workstation chassis. Integrated Suprise NVMe Add- and-Remove technology provides true Hot-Plug/Hot-Swap support, and enables administrators to install or unplug SSDs while the host platform remains active. The integrated OOB (out-of-band) Management capability can significantly streamline service and maintenance workflows.

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Key Features


  • 8-Dedicated PCIe 4.0 device channels

  • Directly Supports up to 8x U.2/U.3 NVMe SSDs via 4x SlimSAS SFF-8654 Ports & industry standard backplane connectivity

  • High-Performance 48-Lane Gen4 Switch Architecture: x16 lanes of dedicated upstream & x4 lanes of downstream bandwidth for each device channel

  • Delivers 32GB/s of Bandwidth & Real-world Sustained transfer speeds up to 27,000MB/s

  • Integrated NVMe Hot-Plug & Hot-Swap Capability

  • PCIe Gen4 Hyper-Cooling Solution

  • Hardware Secure Boot

High-Performance Gen4 Switching Architecture

48 Lanes of Dedicated PCIe Gen4 Bandwidth


HighPoint's High-Performance PCIe Gen4 switching architecture integrates Broadcom’s 48-Channel PEX88048 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 1528D to deliver up to 32GB/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 1528D 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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Integrated NVMe Hot-Plug & Hot-Swap Capability

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The Rocket 1528D features incoporates Suprise NVMe Add and Remove technology to deliver true Hot-Plug/Hot-Swap support; an essential feature for any professional server and datacenter platform. Administrators can safely add or remove SSDs while the host platform remains active.


The Rocket 1528D employs a technique knwon as 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.

PCIe Gen4 Hyper-Cooling Solution

The Rocket 1528D's passive, fan-less PCIe Gen4 Hyper-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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Intelligent Self-Diagnostic LEDs

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The Rocket 1528D adapter features 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.

OOB Management

The Rocket 1528D features incoporates Suprise NVMe Add and Remove technology to deliver true Hot-Plug/Hot-Swap support; an essential feature for any professional server and datacenter platform. Administrators can safely add or remove SSDs while the host platform remains active.


The Rocket 1528D employs a technique knwon as 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.

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Specifications

Product Model

Rocket 1528D (R1528D)

Product Name

Rocket 1528D PCIe Gen4 x16 to 4-SlimSASx8 NVMe Switch Adapter

Product Category

PCIe Gen4 NVMe Switch AIC/Adapter

Hardware Features

Bus Interface

PCIe 4.0 x16

Number of Channel / Port

8x Device Channels / 4x SlimSAS Ports (Dedicated PCIe 4.0 x8 per port)

Connector Type

SlimSAS (SFF8654 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

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

N/A

Power Measurement

N/A

FRU Support

Yes

SSD Hot-Plug/Hot-Swap Support

Yes

OOB Management

Yes (BMC and MCTP over PCIe)

Storage Security Suite

SED Support

N/A

Hardware Secure Boot

N/A

Mechanical Specifications

Form Factor

LP-MD2

Card Dimensions

155mm x 68.9mm

Card Weight

0.75 lbs.

PCIe Bracket

Full-Height Ventilated Bracket

Cooling Solution

Advanced PCIe Gen4 Cooling Solution
• Full-Length Aluminum Heatsink (Passive) • Copper piping • Compliant with PCIe Specifications

Toolless SSD mounting system

N/A

Supported Systems

OS

Compatible with all operating systems that have native NVMe driver support

Secure Boot

Yes

Operating Environment

Working Temp.

'+5°C ~ + 55°C

Storage Temp.

'-20°C ~ +80°C

Operating Voltage

PCIe: 12V, 3.3V

Power

29.58W

MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure)

> 5,000,000 hours at 40° C

Kit Contents

Kit Contents

R1528D NVMe Switch Adapter
Low-Profile Ventilated Bracket
QIG

Optional Accessories

Cabling

TS8i-8639-060
8654-8643-210
8654-8611-205
8654-8654-110
8654-CIO8-110
Spec

Resources

Documentation

User Guides

Datasheet

Download

Quick Installation Guide

Download

NVMe Switch Adapter User Guide

Download

RAID Controller/Enclosure Port Guide

Download
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