Marvell this week said it's ready to start shipping its new 88SS9187 SATA controller with on-chip RAID technology for NAND flash memory devices. The on-chip RAID solution is able to recognize and retire defective NAND, and is one of a handful of new "game changing" features baked into Marvell's third generation SATA 6Gbps controller, such as a "groundbreaking correction capability" courtesy of its high performance ECC engine.
"We continue to drive market-leading innovation in our SATA technology products, as seen with today’s launch of the 88SS9187 SATA controller powered by high performance embedded processor technology," said Alan Armstrong, vice president of Marketing for the Storage Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "The best-in-class, open architecture of the device allows SSD manufacturers to fully customize their products to meet specific customer demands and distinguish their products based on price, performance, power and functionality. Marvell is thrilled to be leading the industry with our advanced SSD acceleration technology, which is enabling our partners to take their products to the next level."
Marvel claims its new SATA controller offers higher performance at lower costs and greater power efficiency. It supports high-speed DDR3 DRAM, maximum sequential read performance for a SATA 6Gbps device, around 500MB/s of sequential write performance "even at dirty drive conditions," and high random read and write IOPS.