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Reference Design Accelerates Designs for Cloud and Enterprise SSDs

07 August 2018

The EDSFF reference design board. Source: MarvellThe EDSFF reference design board. Source: MarvellMarvell has introduced a new reference design for emerging enterprise data center SSD form factor implementations.

The EDSFF reference design is powered by Marvell’s PCIe Gen 3x4 solid state drive controller IC with either an 8-channel 88SS1088 SSD controller or an 8-channel 88NR2241 NVMe switch. The 88NR2241 can be deployed on the EDSFF board to expand capabilities as well as reduce total cost of ownership in cloud and enterprise data centers.

The SSD controllers can deliver maximum data storage capacities of 32TB and are suitable for use with NAND memories from vendors. The controllers are based on quad-core and dual quad-core ARM Cortex-R5 architectures that deliver 3.68GB/s of throughput and up to 700k of random input output per second (IOPS).

The EDSFF reference design board allows developers of cloud and enterprise SSDs to optimize power-performance architectures to deliver flexible, scalable, cost-effective and reliable storage solutions for the market.

Marvell has also introduced what it claims is the first NVMe over Fabric (NVMe-oF) SSD converter controller for cloud and enterprise data centers. The 88SN2400 device can convert an NVMe solid state drive into an NVMe-oF SSD and tilizes a low-power and compute-less Ethernet fabric instead of a traditional PCIe fabric controlled and managed by an enterprise-class server system-on-chip with integrated 100GE controllers.

Marvell will be demonstrating its EDSFF reference design as well as its new NVMe-oF converter controller at this week’s Flash Memory Summit being held in Santa Clara.

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