This has surely been an exciting year in storage with a lot of new breakthroughs being made available for the consumers and enterprises alike. We’ve seen a rise in triple-cell and 3D NAND that in short makes larger capacity SSDs more affordable, some amazing M.2 and PCIe SATA SSDs, mechanical helium-filled HDDs with 10TB capacity and Intel’s amazing 750 NVMe PCIe SSD – and the year isn’t even over yet. We shouldn’t forget the theoretical breakthroughs either that haven’t resulted in any actual products such as Intel and Micron’s new initiative.
The Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara is starting today the 11th and will go on until the 13th, but we’ve already heard some amazing things ahead of it. Silicon Motion will also be present with a booth where they’ll be showcasing the new SSD controllers that they just introduced. There is the new SM2256 controller that is a world’s first turnkey SSD controller supporting TLC NAND as well as the new SM2260 PCIe 3.0 NVMe controller.
You can’t create a Solid State Drive without the proper controller and the SM2260 fills a gap. It is the first turnkey merchant PCIe 3.0 NVMe 1.2 SSD controller solution that supports MLC, TLC, and 3D NAND. The controller can deliver four 8 Gbps lanes of simultaneous data flow coupled with eight NAND channels. It is designed with fourth-generation NANDXtend technology, enabling the SM2260 to support 1y/1z nm TLC NAND as well as the upcoming 3D NAND technologies from all major NAND suppliers.
For the more traditional SATA3 6Gbps interface, Silicon Motion has the new SM2256 controller that is the world’s first and only turnkey merchant SATA 6Gbps SSD controller supporting 1y/1z nm TLC NAND and the upcoming 3D NAND from all major NAND suppliers. It also features SM’s proprietary NANDXtend ECC technology that triples the P/E cycles for TLC NAND to deliver unparalleled performance, endurance and reliability for cost-effective, TLC-based SSDs.
We have the NAND and now we have the controllers, all that is missing is for companies to put the two together and release the products. I’d expect the majority of those to be presented around next year’s CES in January.