Marvell’s New 88NV1120 Pictures Display Ultra Small Controller – Storage Visions 2015 Update

This afternoon at Storage Visions, we had the fortune of bumping into our close friend Mike Chen, Marvell SSD and Strategic Marketing Director, who had a bit of a surprise in store.  Some might remember Marvell’s announcement of their new 88NV1120 and 88NV1140 controllers back in December, but we don’t think anyone could have imagined a controller this small.

Marvell 88NV1120 SSD

Contained on the industries smallest 2230 form factor SSD PCB, this controller is comparable to the size of the eraser on the end of a pencil, the entire SSD being almost exactly the size of an SD card, and it comes is a NVMe product in both PCIe and 6Gbps.

Marvell 88NV1120 Close up

As stated in the original release, the 88NV1120 and 88NV1140 are the industry’s first NVMe controllers, both are void of any DRAM, and the ’20’ is 6Gbps while the ’40’ is PCIe 3.0. The controller itself uses Marvell’s 3rd-generation LDPC technology and supports today’s newest TLC NAND flash memory, as well as MLC.

Marvell 88NV1120 Next to SD card

Now that’s small!!!!!



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    Dean Dayton Rogers

    Wow, this is really fascinating ! By the way , on the second paragraph underneath the first picture you wrote ” the entire SSD being almost exactly the size of an SSD card” ….I think you meant : the entire SSD being almost exactly the size of an SD card….

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    johannes andersson


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    ok, wow small, and not-so-wow, sacrificing performance. I think DRAM-less is not a good thing, not when storage subsystem performance is so integral to a good user experience and the volume of our data keeps expanding.

    I know this review is now two years old, but now we see this controller out in the wild, underwhelming with it’s performance. Certainly it does good for the size and cost, but what’s a small size and cost increase relative to the larger product it’s integrated in?

    Gentlemen, let’s not go backwards in performance in an effort trying to make products too small to use. Usability is going to distinguish mobile products in the future even more than it does today.

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