The world's first automotive-grade PCIe NVMe SSD controller

16-08-2023 | Silicon Motion | Semiconductors

Silicon Motion has unveiled the industry-first SM2264XT-AT automotive-grade PCIe NVMe SSD controller. Engineered to deliver outstanding performance and reliability, this cutting-edge solution sets a new benchmark for automotive storage applications.

The device is designed with state-of-the-art PCIe Gen4 technology and innovative hardware features and delivers optimal speed and efficiency. Its advanced architecture, constructed on 12nm process technology, ensures robust data protection, ultra-high QoS, and unparalleled reliability.

The device displays outstanding, steady performance and ultra-responsive handling in automotive SSDs. Equipped with a powerful quad-core ARM R8 CPU, it supports four lanes of 16Gb/s PCIe data flow. Featuring eight NAND channels with speeds of up to 1,600MT/s per channel, it delivers excellent throughput, superior performance, and decreased power consumption.

One of the key highlights of the device is its built-in SR-IOV capability. This empowers enhanced software functionality and streamlines remote management, supporting up to eight VMs. The device maximises SSD resource utilisation by supplying dedicated VFs for each VM while decreasing host software complexity and CPU power consumption. This feature makes it an excellent option for future vehicles with centralised architectures.

The device undergoes extensive testing and adheres to varied automotive processes and certifications to meet the automotive industry's stringent requirements. These include AEC-Q100 compliance, ISO 26262 functional safety standards (ASIL-B), IATF 16949 certification for supplier chain compliance, and ASPICE compliance SW development process. Its full automotive qualification ensures reliability and durability in automotive applications.

By Seb Springall