With PCIe based SSDs quickly becoming all the rage, silicon giant Marvell recently announced their first NVMe 1.1 compatible PCIe 3.0 x4 controller, the Marvell 88SS1093.
Spec-wise, the Marvell 88SS1093 uses a tri-core CPU architecture and is designed for high performance enthusiast and datacenter use. With the full PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, the controller is capable of up to a 4GB/s link, but it’ll also be capable of a 2GB/s link as well. As for NAND, the Marvell 88SS1093 supports up to 2GB of a wide variety of NAND including upcoming 3D NAND as well as 15nm SLC/MLC/TLC. For applications using lower performance, lower endurance NAND, the Marvell 88SS1093 will also include proprietary 3rd generation LDPC ECC techniques, which will significantly improve NAND endurance.
The Marvell 88SS1093 is currently being sampled to partners although no products using the controller have been announced.