As next-generation data centers and edge devices as artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G gain momentum, there’s a need for lower power and higher performance when it comes to solid-state drives (SSDs).
This week, Marvell released what it calls the industry’s lowest power PCIe® Gen4 NVMe™ solid-state drive (SSD) controller portfolio to meet this need. The company’s breakthrough technology delivers unparalleled performance in an ultra-compact footprint, leveraging the company’s complex system-on-chip (SoC) design expertise and groundbreaking storage IP to help data center, notebook, tablet, gaming and edge computing platform architects advance their solutions for the highly distributed data era.
Recently, AMD introduced the world’s first PCIe® 4.0 ready desktop PC platform, the 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen™ processor and AMD X570 chipset for socket AM4. Marvell’s DRAM-less PCIe Gen4 SSD controller helps to bring the increased bandwidth and performance required to elevate the user experience with next-generation computing devices.
Marvell worked closely with partners such as Lenovo, Micron Technology, and Toshiba Memory Corporation to create the product and optimize customer experiences while using next-gen technologies.
Advancing Next-Generation Technology
The Marvell SSD controller portfolio of devices, including the 88SS1321, 88SS1322 and 88SS1323, represent the industry’s first PCIe Gen4 DRAM and DRAM-less SSD controllers to be fabricated on a 12nm process. With support covering all existing and emerging m.2 (22110 to 2230), BGA, EDSFF and U.2 SSD form factors, the controller family is ideal for cloud data center server compute storage, enterprise boot drives, PC client storage and gaming storage as well as emerging industrial and edge device applications.
The new solutions will enable next-generation 3D and QLC NAND devices that maximize cost efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership. The ultra-compact DRAM-less controller architecture allows for a stand-alone SSD controller and NAND unit to be mounted side-by-side on a single-sided ultra-compact m.2230 form factor SSD. This significant space savings enables platform OEMs more room to house battery packs versus m.2280 SSDs, while also providing better performance compared to PCIe Gen 3×4 SSDs and lower power consumption compared to eight NAND channel controller-based SSDs.
Marvell’s revolutionary SSD controllers are available for sampling today.
For more information, please visit: https://www.marvell.com/storage/ssd/88ss1321-1323/