Thank you for your interest in Intel® Aero Compute Board.
I checked the Intel® Aero Compute Board – Get Started (https://software.intel.com/sites/default/files/managed/25/d5/Intel-Aero-Compute-Board-Getting-Started.pdf), port 13 reads “M.2 Interface for PCIe SSD”. So you can connect the SSD without an additional cable.
Regarding the enclosure inquiry, I don’t have a SSD 750 series with me, so I checked the dimensions from the datasheet (https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-specifications/ssd-750-spec.pdf) and compared them with the dimensions of the enclosure kit (https://github.com/intel-aero/Documents/tree/master/mechanical_cad/enclosure-kit):
The conclusion is that it doesn’t fit in the enclosure kit, perhaps this other image may present a better view of the space available (http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/aero/aero-platform-uavs-mechanical-assembly-guide.pdf):
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Hi Andres, thank you for the answer.
As I need that large SSD memory connected to Aero Board flying with UAV, I assume that I'll have to use an 3D printer to make my own enclosure kit, right?
Another question: Is there a mechanical drawing of the battery compartment? As I intend to use an RF board, I'd like to evaluate the best place to put it, and the 2 options I am considering are my modified enclosure kit and the battery compartment.
That’s right, since the SSD is too big for the enclosure kit, you’ll have to build an enclosure that suits your needs.
There isn’t a battery compartment, the batteries are held with Velcro straps located at the bottom of the frame. I checked the available STL/STP files (https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/01-About-Intel-Aero), and maybe you’ll find the frame’s mechanical drawing useful (https://github.com/intel-aero/Documents/tree/master/mechanical_cad/rtf-frame). With the appropriate software you may be able to obtain the corresponding measurements.
Please let me know if you find the previous information useful.
The Add-in-Card (AIC) SSD is the one with the accessible PCIe slot (the one that can be directly connected to the Aero Compute Board).
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Thank you for the answer.
I Checked M.2 connector of Aero board (fig. 1). It seems to follow key pattern B+M of M.2 standard (fig. 2 depicting M.2 form factors).
Intel SSD 750 series connection standard (fig. 4) seems to fit to PCI 3.0 mechanical standard (fig. 5), as specification of Intel 750 Series states compliance with PCI Express Card Electro-Mechanical (CEM) Specification rev. 2.0 (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/solid-state-drives/ssd-750-spec.html) and not to M.2 standard.
Intel SSD 535 series (M.2) seems to be compatible (fig. 3) to Aero board connector, however 535 series is SATA and not PCIe standard.
Could you check how to connect Intel 750 series SSD to Intel Aero board M.2 connector? Should I use a cable? Or another SSD series?
fig.1 M.2 connector at Intel Aero board
fig. 2 M.2 pinout standards
fig. 3 Intel SSD 535 series pinout mechanical drawing
fig. 4 Intel SSD 750 series pinout mechanical drawing
fig. 5 PCI 3.0 pinout mechanical drawing
You are right in the sense that the M.2 connector uses the B+M pattern, and you are also right about the 750 series SSD, sorry for the mislead.
I double checked, and the Intel® SSD 600P series have the compatibility you are looking for (it also fits beneath the Aero Compute Board, and the enclosure kit). For more information, please check the following link: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/memory-storage/solid-state-drives/consumer-ssds/600p-series.html.
An alternative, that requires an adaptor (M.2 to U.2 cable) and doesn’t fit in the enclosure kit, are the 15 mm form factor Intel® SSD DC P3700 series (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/memory-storage/solid-state-drives/data-center-ssds/dc-p3700-series.html).
Please let me know if you find this information useful.
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Thank you for the answer.
Checking SSD 600p form factor, and due to your statement that SSD module would be beneath Aero board, I realized that Aero board connector is M.2 M key, and not B+M key as I thought. Looking for a drawing of board connector at its manufacturer website (LOTES), I got the following:
As I don't have with me an Aero board yet, I didn't notice that SSD module fits to the opening of the connector facing inwards and not outwards.
As SSD 600p is M-key, as depicted below,
and double checked at:
I have an M.2 SSD in my system. Can my system (hardware) support the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p series drives?
The board must support the NVMe* specification and have an M-key M.2 socket enabled for PCIe
An explanation found at https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Overview-of-M-2-SSDs-586/
helps to confirm that, as SSD 600p is PCIe x4, certainly it would have M-key form factor.
B+M keyed drive (left) and a M keyed drive (right)
The different keys are what indicated the maximum number of PCI-E lanes the socket can use and physically limit what drives can be installed into the socket.. A "B key" can utilize up to two PCI-E lanes while a "M key" can use up to four PCI-E lanes. Right now, however, the majority of M.2 sockets use a "M key" even if the socket only uses two PCI-E lanes. As for the drives, most PCI-E x2 drives are keyed for B+M (so they can work with any socket) and PCI-E x4 drives are keyed just for M.
Please check if my understanding is correct.
I am concerned already about operating system.
I read that Pre-Installed Operating System for Aero Board is Linux* 4.4.3-yocto-standard OS powered with Yocto Project* 2.1 (Krogoth), but looking at SSD 600p page I found that Linux is not supported for it (please see below). Do you have any recommendation?:
What operating systems (OS) does the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p Series support as the primary boot drive?
Supported operating systems:
- Windows 7* (64-bit)
- Windows 8.1* (64-bit)
- Windows® 10 (64-bit)
32-bit operating systems do not support UEF
I.Is Linux* a supported operating system?
No, Linux* is not a supported operating system.
How do I install the Windows 7* OS on the Intel® SSD 600p/Pro 6000p series drives as a boot drive?
Windows 7* doesn't contain the in-box NVMe* driver for the OS installation as Windows 8.1* and later do.To see the NVMe* drive, depending on the system configuration:
- Use the Microsoft® KB Hotfix and installation steps.
Note You may need to add USB drivers to the Windows 7* image. See the installation
- Use the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) driver. Install the driver during Windows 7 installation.
Note This method only works on platforms that support flexible input/output (remapping). These platforms include 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors and later.
The installation guide outlines both of these methods.
Can I migrate my operating system to the Intel® SSD 600p/6000p Series drive?
You must use the UEFI drivers and BIOS settings with the NVMe devices. Existing OS installations may not have these settings. We recommend a fresh installation.
Your understanding is correct, I double-checked with an Aero Compute Board and noticed the little “M”. Also, the module fits to the opening of the connector facing inwards, that is why I mentioned that those SSDs fit in the Enclosure Kit.
Regarding the operating system, I checked the link you provided, and in this particular case “Linux* is not supported” stands for “any issue regarding the use of this product in a Linux operating system is out of the scope of this technical support team”. In other words, it doesn’t mean that the SSD is not compatible.
I hope you find the previous information useful.
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