Marvell's New PCI-Express SSD SATA-Express Controller

Marvell has announced a new SSD controller that uses the PCI-Express interface. It'll be called the 88SS1083 PCI-Express controller, which is a bit too cryptic for anyone to remember, so let's just be happy that it'll be the SSD manufacturers who have to deal with that.

Marvell indicates that it will be the first controller that is fully compliant with the SATA-Express standard allowing it to deal with two PCI-Express lanes for transfer speeds of up to about 1 GB/s. It'll be built with a 28 nm process and have a built-in SRIC reference clock.

"Improving performance while maintaining low power becomes more important than ever, especially for today's ultrathin notebooks and tablets," said Rajan Pai, vice president, sales and field applications engineering at Marvell. "The new 88SS1083 allows SSD OEMs to offer higher performance, PCIe-based SSD solutions at similar prices to SATA and is quickly becoming the controller of choice for global OEMs. Marvell is proudly pioneering a new generation of high-performance and low-power silicon solutions that is driving our industry forward."

There is no word yet on exactly when we'll be seeing the controller in consumer devices, though Marvell did indicate that the controller is meant to be equally as cost efficient as SATA controllers. Hopefully, the SSD manufacturers implementing the technology won't inflate prices very much, though that's probably a bit too much to hope for.

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  • laststop311
    based on 2x pci-e 2.0 lanes, thats very weak. the samsung xp941 m2 ssd that runs on x4 lanes is already pushing well above 1GB/sec. Outdated before it even is released.
  • jasonelmore
    Honestly 1 GB/sec is more than anyone would ever need. the low cost allows them to put 2 of them on the board for RAID M.2, which would be 2 GB/s in RAID 0. Even apple's high end macbook pro's just do 1 GB/s. Intel's mainstream chipset doesnt have enough lanes to dedicate 4 of them to 1 ssd whilst still leaving room for USB, Graphics, Thunderbolt, Wifi, etc....