PCIe Gen 4 Controller For Next-gen Data Centers

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High-performance controllers enable the emerging (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) PCIe Gen 4 NVMe (non-volatile memory express) SSDs (solid state drives)

Today’s data centers and servers rely on fast and small memory solutions, which is driving the growth of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs as well as controller solutions to enable them.

Microsemi has launched a new Flashtec NVMe 3016 Gen 4 PCIe controller for high-reliability, high-performance PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs. The product is capable of delivering greater than 8 GB per second throughput and more than 2 million IOPS.

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According to the company, the device provides end-to-end enterprise-class data integrity with high reliability and exceptionally strong RAID and ECC to support next-generation triple level-cell (TLC) and quad level-cell (QLC) NAND technologies targeted at the high growth storage end point markets, such as data center, server and storage.

Its flexibility and programmability provide users the opportunity to uniquely optimize their own SSD solutions for a wide variety of applications including NVMe, Key Value and Open Channel SSDs, while its programmable flash channel controller interface enables customers to future-proof for multiple generations of NAND technologies, said the firm.

Additionally, fast design of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs is enabled with Flashtec firmware development acceleration tools, including an architectural simulator to enable development and debug of firmware independent of silicon.

The new enterprise NVMe controller also allows customer reuse of previously developed firmware on earlier generation devices and comes with NVMe evaluation boards as well as a complementary software development kit (SDK).

Product Availability

The Flashtec NVMe 3016 Gen 4 controller, evaluation boards, firmware and drivers are available for sampling to select customers.

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