Phison E18 promises to be fastest PCIe Gen 4x4 NVMe SSD controller

Posted on Monday, Nov 09 2020 @ 12:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Phison announces the availability of its new E8 SSD controller. This model promises to be the fatest PCI Express 4.0 SSD controller. The chip is made on TSMC's 12nm process and enables read speeds of up to 7.4GB/s, write speeds of up to 7.0GB/s, and up to 1 million IOPS. A maximum flash capacity of 8TB is supported.
Phison Electronics (TPEX:8299), the industry leader in flash controller technology, is delivering the storage industry’s fastest PCIe Gen 4x4 NVMe SSD solution, its second generation PS5018-E18 (E18) PCIe 4.0 controller. The E18 succeeds the PS5016-E16 released in late 2019.

Phison designed the new E18 from the ground up on the efficient TSMC 12nm process node. This provides SSD manufacturers with a state-of-the-art controller solution in an increasingly competitive field. The controller utilizes Phison’s proprietary CoXProcessor™ 2.0 technology, an innovative SSD architecture that enables E18 to deliver exceptional performance and power efficiency. Phison architecture is also primed for AI-assisted storage, where its distributed architecture uses many small cores to perform the workload in parallel. The E18 is ideal for gamers, content creators, and computing enthusiasts, which demand the best experience. This ultra-low latency is possible only with NVMe SSDs.

The E18 maximizes use of the available bandwidth of PCIe 4.0 to improve sequential read performance up to 7.4GB/s and write performance to 7.0GB/s, making E18 the only solution in the market to break the 7.0GB/s on both read and write access. When fully utilized, the eight-channel E18 delivers up to 1 million IOPS and scales to a massive 8TB capacity.

“AMD leads the industry with the first desktop processor and chipset support for PCIe® 4.0. As we continue to build new platforms that support PCIe® 4.0 technologies, we are happy to see companies like Phison expanding their Gen 4 SSD product offerings,” said?Chris Kilburn, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Client Component business unit, AMD. “In partnership with industry leading storage companies like Phison, we are committed to delivering new levels of storage performance across the entire PC landscape.”

“It is forecasted that over the next few years, PCIe Gen 4 will lead in the client SSD market. Phison was one of the first to ship a Gen 4x4 SSD and has a leadership position in providing customers the best-in-class SSD for high performance client and desktop applications and gaming,” says Don Jeanette, Vice President, SSD Research at TrendFocus.

“While other companies are just now starting to release their first generation of PCIe Gen4 products, we have had a year-and-a-half lead with our ecosystem partner AMD. I am very excited that our next generation controller E18 will enable our partners to fully utilize the PCIe Gen 4x4 bandwidth and generate 7.4GB/s performance for their customers. We are proud to be leading the way in advancing this technology and we look forward to enhancing it in the years to come," says K.S Pua, CEO of Phison Electronics.


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