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Phison may not be a household name, but they're a major player in the SSD market. Where Marvell's SSD controllers are typically sold to drive vendors who then pair them with custom or third-party firmware, and SandForce and Silicon Motion controllers are typically bundled with firmware, Phison's controllers are mostly sold as part of a turnkey drive platform that's ready to be put into a branded case and put on store shelves. This business model has made Phison the favorite supplier for new players in the SSD market with no existing drive manufacturing infrastructure, and for established brands that need to update their product line but can't stomach the high R&D costs of staying competitive with custom controllers or firmware. For 2016, the mainstay of...

Silicon Motion at CES: 3D NAND support for SM2246EN and roadmap update

2015 was a great year for SSD controller designer Silicon Motion. Their SM2246EN controller was at the heart of some of the best mainstream and value SATA SSDs, while...

2 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Marvell Implements Host Memory Buffer for DRAM-less 88NV1140 SSD Controller

The first version of the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) standard was ratified almost five years ago, but its development didn't stop there. While SSD controller manufacturers have been hard...

32 by Billy Tallis on 1/12/2016

The Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD Review (256GB and 512GB)

Samsung's new flagship consumer SSD is here to wrap up all the latest technology from Samsung in a small package, with the goal of raising the bar beyond the...

136 by Billy Tallis on 10/22/2015

Micron acquires SSD Controller Designer Tidal Systems, Inc.

A year ago, several veterans of SSD controller design firms SandForce and Link_A_Media Devices formed a new startup called Tidal Systems, Inc. to focus on developing NVMe SSD controllers...

12 by Billy Tallis on 10/9/2015

Samsung Announces 950 Pro SSD, Their First Consumer V-NAND + NVMe SSD

We’re here at Samsung’s SSD Global Summit, the company’s annual SSD technology reveal. This event is typically held mid-summer, however with MERS concerns in South Korea this year, the...

49 by Ryan Smith & Billy Tallis on 9/22/2015

Samsung SM951-NVMe (256GB) PCIe SSD Review

Samsung has always been an early adopter in the SSD space. The company was the first one on the market with a PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD the (XP941...

72 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2015

Seagate Announces SandForce SF3500 SSD Controller Series: Mass Production Expected in Q4'15

The SandForce SF3000 series has become the unicorn of the SSD industry. For the past two years there has been a lot of hype about the new controller, but...

20 by Kristian Vättö on 6/10/2015

Silicon Motion Displays Upcoming SM2260 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Controller

Silicon Motion has remained relatively quiet about its plans for a PCIe controller. We have known that the company is working on one (well, it would be a major...

11 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

G.Skill Shows Phison E7 Based Phoenix Blade X PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD

G.Skill isn't a name that is often associated with SSDs, but the company has been making SSDs as a sort of a side product for several years. We reviewed...

3 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

OCZ Introduces Z-Drive 6000 Enterprise PCIe SSD Series with NVMe Support

Back at CES OCZ teased us by showcasing the Z-Drive 6000, but the drive was still under development, so the details were rather scarce. Today OCZ is finally lifting...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 5/20/2015

Intel SSD 750 PCIe SSD Review: NVMe for the Client

Ever since our SSD DC P3700 review, there's been massive interest from enthusiasts and professionals for a more client-oriented product based on the same platform. With eMLC, ten drive...

133 by Kristian Vättö on 4/2/2015

OCZ Suite Tour: Vector 180, JetExpress PCIe NVMe Controller & Z-Drive 6000

While the Barefoot 3 platform is already a couple of years old, it is still going strong. OCZ has been in the process of adopting Toshiba's latest A19nm to...

26 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2015

FMS 2014: Marvell Announces NVMe-Enabled PCIe 3.0 x4 88SS1093 SSD Controller

Two weeks ago Marvell announced their first PCIe SSD controller with NVMe support, named as 88SS1093. It supports PCIe 3.0 x4 interface with up to 4GB/s of bandwidth between...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 8/21/2014

Samsung SSD Global Summit 2014: 845 DC Pro with V-NAND, SM951 with NVMe Support

Every year for the past three years, Samsung has flown a bunch of media from all around the world for their SSD Global Summit. The Summit serves as an...

17 by Kristian Vättö on 7/4/2014

The Intel SSD DC P3700 Review Part 2: NVMe on Client Workloads

Last week we reviewed Intel's first NVMe drive: the DC P3700. Based on a modified version of the controller in Intel's SSD DC S3700/S3500, the P3700 moves to an...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2014

AnandTech Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Intel and Supermicro about P3700 and NVMe

Earlier this evening, Intel announced a new family of NVMe based PCIe SSDs, including the P3700. I reviewed a 1.6TB version of the P3700 here. A few weeks ago...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2014

Intel SSD DC P3700 Review: The PCIe SSD Transition Begins with NVMe

In 2008 Intel introduced its first SSD, the X25-M, and with it Intel ushered in a new era of primary storage based on non-volatile memory. Intel may have been...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2014

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