Tag Archives: Controller

PMC Demos New Flashtec NVMe Controllers and NVMe over RDMA – Flash Memory Summit 2015 Update

This year at FMS we are not only seeing much more innovation in end storage products themselves, but the entire storage ecosystem as well. Over at the PMC booth there are multiple demos showing how they aim to address the oncoming migration to PCIe in enterprise storage. Through the use of their second generation Flashtec NVMe2016 and NVMe2032 controllers, SSDs …

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Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller with Samsung TLC NAND Review

Controllers are the heart and soul of every SSD. Without one, an SSD would be a useless PCB with some components slapped on it. It is responsible for everything from garbage collection and wear leveling to error correction and hardware encryption. In simple terms, all these operations can be quite complicated to implement as well as expensive to develop. This …

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SSD of the Week – OCZ Arc 100

Our SSD of the Week series became a little side tracked over the past few weeks. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals going on, almost any SSD was a good buy. Now however, prices are back where they should be and the holidays are just around the corner. If you weren’t lucky enough to score a good deal yet, …

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OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review (240GB) – Consistency in a Value SSD

It has been quite a while since we have seen a value oriented SSD from OCZ. Their last two releases where the Vector 150 and the Vertex 460, the latest updates to their enthusiast and mainstream drive lines. The market need for value drives is very apparent when we consider the popularity that the Samsung 840 EVO and Crucial MX100 …

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LSI SandForce SF3700 Displays 1.3GB/s in Mixed Workloads – FMS 2014 Update

As much as the LSI SF3700 speaks to 1.8GB/s performance as a spec high data transfer, this year at FMS they are focusing more on real-world performance and endurance. Currently, we are seeing the SF3700 controller reaching 1300MB/s in mixed 80%/20% read/write workloads in this demonstration. The SATA interface is designed as uni-directional, meaning it only allows for reads or …

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Phison Intros Strong SATA 3 SSD controller – FMS 2014 Update

After a quick briefing with Phison’s Michael Wu, we learned of their new SATA 3 based controller. Designed from the ground up by Phison, the PS3110 is a 32-bit quad-core 8 channel controller that supports SLC, MLC, and TLC NAND flash. It offers capacity support for up to 2TB. It also offers external DDR3L memory support from 256MB-2GB. For speed, …

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Samsung 850 Pro SSD Review – Showing Off With 3D V-NAND

Some time ago, Samsung introduced their 3D V-NAND (vertical NAND) to the world and NAND flash memory took on a whole new look with what some might call, very high aspirations.  Samsung was quick to point out that, as demands for reduced memory sizes increased, achieving a smaller footprint meant increased error rates and performance limitations. An example of this …

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