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, it is capable of 540MB/s and 530 MB/s sequential read/writes and 100k/90k random read/write IOPS. Those numbers are up there with the best of the best SATA SSDs!
Not only does this new controller offer tier 1 performance, but because it is aimed towards the entry level enterprise market, it is also packed with many advanced enterprise features. To keep data integrity safe it has End-to-End Data Path Protection, SmartECC – RAID ECC protection and is AES-256, TCG OPAL 2.0 compliant. Flash management includes support for a pseudo SLC mode, read retry, and SmartRefresh read disturb management.
Furthermore, it has power loss protection using intelligent cache management through Phison SmartFlush Technology and Phison Guaranteed Flush Technology. For low power management it supports DEVSLP, DPIM, & HIPM modes.
Phison’s Main goal with this new controller is high SATA based performance and open customizability to the manufacturers. Based on initial specifications and information, we are lead to believe the Phison PS3110 controller is going to be very promising!
Phison just may be the controller manufacturer to watch closely in 2014…wait for it!
The SSD Review would like to thank Toshiba and Avant Technology for their support in our participation at the Flash Memory Summit 2014.
One wonders why they would come out with a new controller on a 55 nm process. Most new designs are on 28.