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Marvell Shows Off 88NV1140 SSD Controller Supporting NVMe 1.2 Host Memory Buffer (HMB) and Project Dean SSD Controller – CES 2016 Update

Wednesday afternoon brought us to the Sands Expo Center for a one-on-one meeting with Marvell. Their CES 2016 announcement centers around the addition of support for Host Memory Buffer (HMB) to their Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) 88NV1140 SSD controller.

Marvell 88NV1140 with Micron NAND editedHMB is an NVMe revision 1.2 feature that enable DRAM-less SSDs to utilize host memory to achieve the performance of SSD designs with embedded DRAM, but with less power consumption and at lower cost.  Marvell’s 88NV1140 represents the industry’s first SSD controller supporting HMB.

Marvell Dean controller 2point5 inch 1Marvell also had on display their latest (still under development) SSD controller, which has been give the project code name of “Dean”. They are currently working with a number of OEMs, including Kingston.  Above and below are two images of a 2.5” Kingston drive utilizing Toshiba NAND and the Dean controller.

Marvell Dean controller 2point5 inch 2Next we see the very respectable Crystal Disk Mark performance numbers for this 2.5” drive.

Marvell Dean SSD controller 2pont5 inch CDM resultsThis next image is of a Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD utilizing the PCIe version of the Dean controller.

Marvell SSD controller HyperX PedatorBelow are the Crystal Disk Mark performance numbers for the PCIe Dean controller. The sequential read speeds are quite respectable, but the sequential write speeds appear quite low.  We have been assured that write performance will improve dramatically as development proceeds.

Marvell Dean SSD controller PCIe CDM resultsThe first image in this report shows the 88NV1140 coupled with Micron NAND. The image below is of the mobile-oriented 88NV1120 (sister product to the 88NV1140) paired with Toshiba NAND.

Marvell SSD controller 88NV1120 editedStay tuned for additional reports as our meetings and tour of CES 2016 continue.

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