This yr’s Flash Memory Summit occasion is correct across the nook, however storage makers aren’t essentially ready to unveil their newest bleeding edge choices. Silicon Motion positive is not—it has introduced its MonTitan (SM8366) strong state drive (SSD) controller to energy blazing quick PCI Express 5.0 storage options within the information middle.
MonTitan arrives right on schedule. During a convention name in February 2021, Silicon Motion president and CEO Wallace C. Kou stated its PCIe Gen 5 enterprise SSD controllers would start sampling within the second half of 2022. And so right here we’re, with Silicon Motion unveiling its first PCIe 5 SSD controller and planning to showcase it on the Flash Memory Summit subsequent week.
“SSD storage solutions are evolving to address new challenges in data centers which demand changes in storage platforms and operating models,” stated Nelson Duann, Silicon Motion’s senior vp of selling and R&D. “Our MonTitan SSD solution is an innovative PCIe Gen5 SSD platform designed to satisfy the unique demands of data centers today while providing flexibility and programmability to meet future evolving standards.”
Silicon Motion says its MonTitan controller is predicated on a wholly new platform that includes a purpose-built SM8366 ASIC. It sports activities a 16-channel NAND interface supporting as much as 2,400 MT/s. Combined with customized firmware and fancy algorithms tuned for efficiency and QoS, Silicon Motion says MonTitan can high 14GB/s of sequential write efficiency. Random learn and write efficiency checks in at 3 million 4K IOPS and a couple of.8 million 4K IOPS, respectively.
In phrases for sequential efficiency, 14GB/s will get honest near the theoretical higher limits of PCIe 5.0 x4, which is round 16GB/s. That’s not accounting for overhead and different real-world obstacles. Silicon Motion’s newest controller additionally helps monstrous capacities for information middle storage—as much as 128TB.
Silicon Motion says it plans to pattern its MonTitan controller to early engagement companions within the fourth quarter of this yr.