The Gen-Z Consortium’s third appearance at Flash Memory Summit was the Consortium’s biggest presence at the show to date. The annual conference showcasing new and emerging flash memory technologies and applications took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Aug. 6-8 with Gen-Z highlights including new demos, an eye-catching booth design, and four speaking slots.
“FMS is always a great opportunity to share Gen-Z updates and technology demonstrations with a wider audience,” said Gen-Z Consortium President Kurtis Bowman. “The onsite team saw ample attendee interest in Gen-Z, both at the booth and during our presentations. Overall, the show was a success.”
Gen-Z showcased a new, attention-grabbing booth design near the FMS Theater. With volunteers from member companies Dell EMC, HPE, IntelliProp, Microchip, Molex, SK hynix, SMART Modular Technologies, and TE Connectivity working the booth, visitors were able to get a thorough understanding of the engaging demos.
Visitors to the Gen-Z booth viewed the latest multi-vendor rack demonstration featuring modular pluggable DRAM drives and new media box architecture. Gen-Z also showcased open-source software and connector demos from member companies TE Connectivity, Molex and Amphenol. This year’s Summit also marked the first-ever showing of the 3.0” 256 GB Gen-Z Modular Form Factor from SMART.
Consortium representatives participated in four separate speaking opportunities at the conference, including sessions focused on Gen-Z’s built-in security benefits, technology integrating into applications, and Gen-Z’s memory-centric architecture. Speakers were Valerie Padilla and Kurtis Bowman of Dell EMC, Michael Krause of HPE, and Bastien Heneffe of PLDA.
The Gen-Z momentum was amplified by exciting announcements from Consortium member companies during the show. Teledyne LeCroy released the first testing platform to support the Gen-Z protocol along with a product demonstration and SMART Modular Technologies announced the new 3.0” 256 GB Gen-Z Memory Module (ZMM). Learn more about both announcements here.
Flash Memory Summit 2019 was an excellent opportunity for a diverse audience to gain a better understanding of Gen-Z technology’s positive impact in data center environments. We’re looking forward to building upon this momentum at Supercomputing 2019 in Denver later this year. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to meet with representatives onsite.