If our pre-conference meetings are indication of what this year is going to be like at the Flash Memory Summit in San Jose, California, hold on to your boots! One of our first meetings was with Michael Wu of Phison and, not only did he speak of a new 8 channel SATA 3 controller that sounded very promising but also, he also provided a data sheet of the new PS5007 controller that is capable of 2.8GB/s performance.
The PS5007 is a 32-Bit multi-core 8 channel PCIe Gen3 x4 controller that supports SLC, MLC and TLC flash but also has End-To-End Data Path Protection, AES 256-BIT encryption and is TCG OPAL 2.0 compliant. Add to that SmartECC RAID ECC protection, power loss protection using intelligent cache management, along with Phison SmartFlush Technology and Phison Guaranteed Flush Technology, and this controller just may be something to see in action.
The highlight of the PS5007 just has to be the performance, with read speeds of 2.8GB/s and write at 1.5GB/s with 150K IOPS all around; the controller is definitely promising if we were to compare specs alone. It merits mentioning, however, that we have not seen this controller in action.
The unfortunate part is that it won’t be seen in action and on display, until at least CES. Considering that the PS5007 is also compliant with NVMe and can support capacities of up to 2TB, this is definitely a product to watch come CES.