Highest-performance NVMe SSD controller enables unparalleled performance

08-03-2022 | Microchip Technology | Semiconductors

Microchip Technology Inc. now offers its newest member of the Flashtec controller family, the NVMe 4016 SSD controller. As the industry's highest-performing PCIe Gen 5 NVMe SSD controller, the Flashtec NVMe 4016 satisfies the market demand for high-reliability, high-performance SSDs producing greater than 14GB per second throughput and over three million IOPS. With advanced Credit Management technology, this next-generation controller provides the stringent QoS demanded by today's cloud-focused data centre applications.

"Microchip is proud to announce the next generation of our Flashtec NVMe controller product line. Its market-leading performance, coupled with our proven and flexible architecture, means the NVMe 4016 can provide our cloud and OEM customers with a cutting-edge platform for their PCIe Gen 5NVMe SSD solutions," said Pete Hazen, vice president of Microchip's data centre solutions business unit.

With 16 high-speed programmable NAND Flash channels capable of up to 2400MT/s, this fourth-generation Flashtec controller can use full PCIe Gen 5 x 4-speed bandwidth. It allows current customers to use their existing firmware investment in earlier generations and provides new clients with the confidence and flexibility to adopt this proven platform for their most challenging cloud and enterprise applications.

"Microchip's controller solutions are a strong match for our wide array of TLC and QLC SSDs and future NAND technologies," said Greg Matson, vice president of strategic planning and marketing, Data Center Group, Solidigm. "They offer a compelling combination of features, scalability and security for next-generation cloud and enterprise architectures."

"How we rapidly promote cutting-edge technology to our clients is crucial for us," said Mr Zhong Ji, deputy general manager, Storage R&D, Inspur. "Maximising the benefits of reusing known generational architectures reduces development risk and effort. Having a fully mature reference solution such as the Flashtec controller PCIe Gen 5 design will definitely accelerate the efficiency and quality with which we provide leading technology to the market."

As an NVMe 2.0 compliant controller, the it not only supports all the latest storage and performance compute applications, including ZNS and cloud OCP, its flexible architecture also allows customers to future proof for continually evolving NVMe specifications.

"Meeting the challenging demands of hyperscale data centre environments for scalable efficiency in terms of manageability, power, performance and thermals has been the focus of industry standards such as the OCP data centre NVMe SSD Specification and EDSFF E1.S as a form factor," said RossStenfort, hardware system engineer, Storage at Meta. "The Flashtec NVMe 4016 controller supports these requirements to enable SSD makers to meet hyperscale needs."

"The Flashtec NVMe 4016 Gen 5 SSD controller provides the needed performance and architecture for next-generation NAND," said Dr Taile Zhang, chief executive officer of Memblaze. "Memblaze and Microchip have developed a great partnership to advance data centre efficiency and bring the flexibility needed to address the cloud storage requirements of today and tomorrow."

By Natasha Shek