Marvell Unveils New PCI Express Solid State Drive Controller

Paul Lilly

New SSD controller supports SATA Express

Marvell this week announced the launch of its new 88SS1083 PCI Express solid state drive controller , a two-lane PCIe Gen2 SSD controller supporting SATA Express. According to Marvell, the new controller will enable a simple migration from SATA to PCIe with high-performance transfer rates up to 1GB/s. It's supposedly the world's first controller to be fully compliant with SATA Express.

"Improving performance while maintaining low power becomes more important than ever, especially for today's ultrathin notebooks and tablets," said Rajan Pai , Vice President, Sales and Field Applications Engineering at Marvell. "The new 88SS1083 allows SSD OEMs to offer higher performance, PCIe-based SSD solutions at similar prices to SATA and is quickly becoming the controller of choice for global OEMs. Marvell is proudly pioneering a new generation of high-performance and low-power silicon solutions that is driving our industry forward."

Marvell says its 88SS1083 controller also supports Separate RefClock with Independent SSC (SRIS), which is a feature that eliminates the need for a pricey shielded cable to minimize noise, using instead a cost-effective SATA Express cable.

The 88SS1083 was designed on a 28nm low power manufacturing process technology. According to Marvell, it can scale to support 15nm NAND flash.

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