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Marvell announces SSD controller for next-gen tablets, 2-in-1 devices

Marvell has introduced two new controllers for solid-state drives that can significantly improve performance of storage for tablets, hybrid 2-in-1 devices. The new controllers will not require DRAM, which will allow making smaller solid-state storage solutions for ultra-thin computing devices.

“I believe our latest game-changing SSD controller will drive the fast deployment of a new wave of small form factor SSD solutions for the mass market mobile computing platforms,” said Weili Dai, president and co-founder of Marvell.

Marvell’s 88NV1140 and 88NV1120 controllers feature NVMe PCIe 3.0 x1 and Serial ATA-6Gb/s interfaces, respectively. The new controllers are based on two ARM Cortex R5 cores and support all modern NAND flash memory types with ONFI and toggle DDR interfaces as well as upcoming 15nm/16nm TLC NAND, 3D NAND and memory with ONFI3 and toggle 2 interfaces from various manufacturers. The new controllers sport embedded SRAM with hardware accelerators to optimize IOPS performance. Both new solutions feature Marvell’s third-generation NANDEdge error-correction technology. The chips are made using 28nm process technology.

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“I am very pleased to see Marvell’s leadership and our long track record of invention and innovation including the world’s first DRAM-less NVMe SSD controller and the industry’s most advanced LDPC technology enabling the latest TLC and 3D NAND flash memory,” said Mr. Dai.

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KitGuru Says: Thanks to strong performance, the new controllers will significantly improve storage solutions for ultra-portable devices, something that will be especially important for 2-in-1 hybrid PCs based on Intel’s Core M “Broadwell” processors.

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