Microsemi announces PCIe 4.0 x8 NVMe controller with QLC NAND support

Microsemi has announced its new FlashTec NVMe 3016, a PCIe controller with support for PCIe 4.0 and targeted at high reliability and high performance NVMe SSDs. The controller should allow NVMe drives to achieve up to 8GB/s throughput and more than 2 million IOPS.

Microsemi announces PCIe 4.0 x8 NVMe controller with QLC NAND support

The device provides end-to-end enterprise class data integrity with high reliability and strong RAID and ECC to support triple level-cell (TLC) and quad level-cell (QLC) NAND technologies. Companies can program the controller for a variety of applications including NVMe, Key Value and Open Channel SSDs. When needed, the programmable flash channel controller interface allows SSD manufacturer to add support for new NAND technologies.

With current PCIe SSDs achieving speeds of up to 4GB/s, the new PCIe 4.0 controller should make sure the interface won’t be the bottleneck. Initially the chip will only be available in a variant with 16 NAND channels, later also 8 and 32 channel versions could become available, similar to Microsemi’s PCIe 3.0 line-up.

The Flashtec NVMe 3016 Gen 4 controller are currently only available for sampling to select customers.