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.
- 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
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
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
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.
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
Technologies disclosed it had used
controller in SMART's new
PCIe SSD which offers
upto 400GB capacity and 140,000 random IOPS performance.
2011 - Marvell
SSD ASAP. Marvell
claims 10x speedups can be realized using its new
Virtual Storage Accelerator - which is designed to reduce
to external storage arrays and acts as an OS agnostic multiprotocol storage
cache for NAS,
DAS storage arrays.
The product - is expected to sample in Q3.
In January 2012 -
now demonstrating at the Storage
Visions 2012 Conference new
PCIe SSDs - which use
jointly developed with Marvell
(instead of - as in previous models - controllers from
March 2012 - Marvell
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
defective NAND block, plane, die or device and has the lowest power
consumption of any controller in this performance class.
|Marvell aims at SSD on
a chip market|
|Editor:- January 2, 2013 - Marvell Technology
it has made a strategic investment in Memoright.|
part of the new collaborative agreements Memoright will write firmware
for Marvell's eMMC controllers - which will speed Marvell's entry into the
tiny SSD market for
use in smartphones and tablets.