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Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The company's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the terms "company" and "Marvell" refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit http://www.marvell.com.

see also:- Marvell - editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com, see also:- Marvell's SSD page

  • editor's comments:- January 2013 - Marvell is just one of nearly 30 SSD I/P SoC companies listed here on StorageSearch.com. According to their main SSD page - "Marvell's high performance transceivers support SATA, SAS, USB, PCIe, and Fibre Channel SSD interfaces."

    Marvell's aspirations in the PCIe SSD market became public in April 2011 - when the company uveiled its first product (see below). More recently Marvell has collaborated on the design of a new PCIe SSD chipset used in OCZ's enterprise range.

    Marvell's "high performance" SSD controllers differ to those from SandForce in that they support and require external RAM. For more about the differences this makes to the SSD design and characteristics see my article- RAM cache rations in flash SSDs.

    The company recently revealed that it has aspirations to enter the SSD on a chip market. It's sourcing the critical missing IP from Memoright.
Marvell - recent mentions in SSD market history

In June 2008 - Marvell announced its entry into the SSD controller market with the introduction of the ultra-slim Marvell 88NV8120 PCIe based NAND flash controller, the first Marvell product in a planned range of solid state storage controllers.

The Marvell 88NV8120 is compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, and offers comprehensive platform support for PC motherboards.

"Marvell is leveraging more than 10 years experience in the disk drive controller market as we enter the solid state storage segment," said Sehat Sutardja, Marvell Chairman and Chief Executive. "Marvell is uniquely positioned to bring the performance advantages of solid state storage to a broad range of applications. With the introduction of this product we are unveiling our strategy to address the entire solid state storage market with exceptional controller devices."

In June 2009 - SMART Modular Technologies disclosed it had used Marvell's SSD controller in SMART's new XceedIOPS PCIe SSD which offers upto 400GB capacity and 140,000 random IOPS performance.

In April 2011 - Marvell unveiled a PCIe compatible SSD ASAP. Marvell claims 10x speedups can be realized using its new DragonFly Virtual Storage Accelerator - which is designed to reduce write amplification to external storage arrays and acts as an OS agnostic multiprotocol storage cache for NAS, SAN or DAS storage arrays. The product - is expected to sample in Q3.

In January 2012 - OCZ announced is now demonstrating at the Storage Visions 2012 Conference new PCIe SSDs - which use SSD controllers jointly developed with Marvell (instead of - as in previous models - controllers from SandForce).

In March 2012 - Marvell announced mass deployment of its new high speed 6Gbps SATA SSD controller - the 88SS9187 which supports regular RAM cache (upto 1GB) and upto 500MB/s R/W even at dirty drive conditions. It supports on-chip RAID technology for the NAND device with flexible customer firmware based algorithms to optimize retiring of defective NAND block, plane, die or device and has the lowest power consumption of any controller in this performance class.

In January 2013 Marvell announced it made a strategic investment in Memoright.

In February 2014 - Marvell announced it was sampling a new eMMC 5.0 controller - the 88NV1088 - thereby enabling "SSD class" performance (280MB/s read speed and 5K random IOPS) in a smartphone compatible footprint.

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Editor:- May 21, 2014 - If you're designing SATA Express SSDs then Marvell today announced it is sampling the 1st SSD controller specifically designed for the SATAe market - which will enable the design of 2.5" PCIe SSDs at costs which could be competitive with fast SATA SSDs.

Marvell's 88SS1083 is a 2 lane PCIe Gen2 SSD controller with transfer rates up to 1GB/s. It supports DevSleep and L1.2 PCIe low power state - to minimize power consumption in notebook and enterprise array environments. Its flash management scales down to 15nm NAND.
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Editor:- February 18, 2014 - Marvell today announced it is sampling a new eMMC 5.0 controller - the 88NV1088 - which enables "SSD class" performance (280MB/s read speed and 5K random IOPS) in a smartphone compatible footprint.

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