Microchip's New SSD Controller Enables 200TB PCIe 5.0 Drives


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Microchip has unveiled its new SSD controllers that will enable the creation of storage devices featuring unprecedented capacity and performance. The company's Flashtec NVMe 4016 controller will empower drives with a PCIe 5.0 x8 interface that will offer 200TB of storage space along with 14 GBps throughput and over 3 million random read IOPS.

Microchip's Flashtec NVMe 4016 is an NVMe 2.0-compliant SSD controller featuring 16 NAND channels as well as a PCIe 5.0 x8 host interface (or dual independent PCIe Gen5 x4) featuring a maximum raw bandwidth of up to 31.5 GBps in each direction. The processor is designed to build next-generation SSDs for cloud datacenters running AMD's EPYC 'Genoa' as well as Intel's Xeon Scalable 'Sapphire Rapids' processors that will require ultra-fast and ultra-dense storage options.

Those machines with their extreme core counts will need SSDs that can feed them data at over 14 GBps sequential speed (enough to easily beat all current drives on our best SSDs list). In fact, a PCIe 5.0 x8 interface can enable even higher bandwidth, but since we are talking about enterprise-grade SSDs, it will be up to their manufacturers to tune for maximum sequential or random read/write speeds, depending on the types of workloads.

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