Marvell: low power PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD controllers

Marvell released the industry’s lowest power PCIe Gen4 NVMe solid-state drive controller portfolio.  The SSD controllers are designed to meet the need for lower power and higher performance in next-generation data centers and edge devices as artificial intelligence and 5G gain momentum.    

The Marvell SSD controller portfolio of devices, including the 88SS1321, 88SS1322 and 88SS1323, represent the industry’s first PCIe Gen4 DRAM and DRAM-less SSD controllers to be fabricated on a 12nm process.  With support covering all existing and emerging m.2 (22110 to 2230), BGA, EDSFF and U.2 SSD form factors, the controller family is ideal for cloud data center server compute storage, enterprise boot drives, PC client storage and gaming storage as well as emerging industrial and edge device applications. 

Importantly, the new Marvell solutions will enable next-generation 3D and QLC NAND devices that maximize cost efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership.  The ultra-compact DRAM-less controller architecture allows for a stand-alone SSD controller and NAND unit to be mounted side-by-side on a single-sided ultra-compact m.2230 form factor SSD.  This significant space savings enables platform OEMs more room to house battery packs versus m.2280 SSDs, while also providing better performance compared to PCIe Gen 3×4 SSDs and lower power consumption compared to eight NAND channel controller-based SSDs.

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