Microsemi Accelerates the Industry’s Transition to Enterprise PCIe SSDs With Production Release of its Mainstream Flashtec PCIe Controllers

Microsemi Corp., a provider of semiconductor solutions, announced the production release of its Flashtec NVM Express (NVMe) 2108 eight-channel controllers, enabling enterprises and data centers worldwide to realize cost- and power-efficient high capacity solid state drives (SSDs).
The devices extend Microsemi’s leadership in the NVMe controller segment with robust mainstream performance and support for capacities to 16GB and greater.

Customers will enjoy the architectural consistency of the Flashtec NVMe Controller product line through high firmware reusability by minimizing engineering expense. Delivered in a 17x17mm package, the new line of controllers supports all popular form factors including M.2, U.2 and half-height half-length (HHHL) add-in cards.

According to market research firm IDC’s report, “Worldwide Solid State Drive Forecast, 2017-2021,” the industry continues to transition rapidly toward PCIe-based SSDs, which are estimated to be more than 50 percent of enterprise SSD revenue by 2021. A major driver of this growth stems from NVMe SSDs displacing serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) SSDs as price points of NVMe SSDs narrow toward comparable SATA SSDs.

“The announcement of Microsemi’s new Flashtec devices demonstrates how the company continues to accelerate adoption of PCIe flash into the mainstream enterprise market,” said Eric Endebrock, vice president of storage marketing at Micron. “The high capacity these mainstream controllers support is well-aligned to take advantage of Micron’s rapidly ramping 64 layer 512Gb 3D TLC and future technologies.”

“Microsemi and Toshiba Memory Corporation have a longstanding relationship to deliver best-in-class PCIe SSD solutions to the market,” said Hiroo Ohta, Technology Executive, Toshiba Memory Corporation.

The Flashtec NVMe2108 controllers offer a mature architecture with optimized power and cost for mainstream applications, while preserving enterprise features including dual-port, Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread (SRIS) and end-to-end data protection. They also provide a programmable architecture enabling SSD product differentiation through firmware customizations. Their adaptive low-density parity-check code (LDPC) enables support for current and future generations of Toggle and Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI), including multi-level cell (MLC) and (triple level cell) TLC, as well as QLC in future product developments. The NVMe2108HC and NVMe2108LC variants support different capacity points to align with specific industry needs.

Contact Information

Microsemi Corporation

One Enterprise
Aliso Viejo, CA , 92656

tele: (800) 713-4113
fax: (949) 215-4996

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