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August 21, 2012

IDT Unveils NVM Express Enterprise Flash Controller

The enterprise SSD market is expected to undergo tremendous growth, comprising approximately half of the total SSD market sales in 2012. by 2015, the PCIe enterprise controller market is expected to more than quadruple to nearly 3.5 million units.

Analog and Digital Company Integrated Device Technology (News - Alert) / IDT is a company positioned to penetrate the market opportunity. The firm delivers fully functional high-performance controller solutions, and the latest addition is its NVM Express (NVMe) enterprise flash memory controller with native support for PCIe Gen 3.

IDT’s NVMe flash controller family provides a standards-based, solid-state drive solution, enabling storage and server original equipment manufacturers to overcome latency and throughput bottlenecks inherent to legacy SAS (News - Alert)/SATA-based SSD designs. Its new flash memory controller family consists of two versions: 16-channel with PCIe x4 Gen 3 (89HF16P04AG3) and 32-channel with PCIe x8 Gen 3 (89HF32P08AG3).

The flash controllers are designed to fully comply with the NVMe standard – a standard that defines an optimized register interface, command set and feature set for PCIe SSDs.

“As a founding member of the NVMe promoter group and developer of the world’s first PCIe enterprise flash controller announced last year, IDT is leading the charge in PCIe-based flash controller innovation,” said Kam Eshghi, senior director of marketing of the Enterprise Computing Division of IDT.

IDT has developed a family of NVMe-compliant PCIe flash controllers that dramatically boost the number of random I/O operations per second (IOPS) that a system can process, while concurrently reducing latency, power and cost by eliminating the traditional storage infrastructure.

IDT’s PCIe flash controllers are sold to enterprise SSD developers who manufacture standards-based NVMe SSDs with PCIe Gen 3 or Gen 2 host interfaces. These SSDs are then used in enterprise-class centralized storage systems, server caching applications, and other systems requiring high-performance storage drives.

End users deploy these PCIe SSD-based systems in their data centers for cloud computing and business-critical applications, such as online transaction processing, financial data processing, database mining and any other applications that are sensitive to storage performance.

In addition to fully supporting the PCIe Gen3 host interface for maximum throughput, IDT’s flash controllers are fully programmable, enabling customers to differentiate their solutions with custom firmware that leverages IDT’s reference firmware. Moreover, IDT’s product family is architected to maximize random storage I/O performance – a critical requirement driven by multi-core CPU designs and virtualization.

The flash controllers also support enterprise-class features, including advanced encryption, data integrity and reliability features.

The IDT 89HF16P04AG3 and 89HF32P08AG3 are currently sampling to qualified customers and are made available in a 27 x 27 mm FCBGA and 40 x 40 mm FCBGA, respectively.

In related news, TMC (News - Alert) reported that SSD is seen as the future of enterprise storage. Click here to know more.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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