Marvell Introduces PCIe 5.0 SSD Controllers

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Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) has introduced their Bravera SC5 controller family, which would provide the highest performance, efficiency, and security features to meet ever-expanding cloud workloads.

The sheer volume of data that must be handled in cloud data centers is increasing demand for quicker and greater bandwidth storage. The Bravera SC5 SSD controllers from Marvell are designed to meet the needs of scalable, containerized cloud storage infrastructure. According to Marvell, its SSD controllers are positioned to provide the flash storage system cornerstone for data centers which deliver ultra-low latency, real-time applications while simultaneously delivering cost-optimized, cloud-scale capacity.

By supporting PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 1.4b, Marvell’s Bravera SC5 would double the performance compared to PCIe 4.0 SSDs. This results in faster workloads and lower latency, which may greatly improve the user experience.

The controllers feature FIPS-compliant root of trust (RoT), AES 256-bit encryption, and multi-key revocation to fulfill cloud service providers’ demanding security standards, ensuring that customer data is safe and secure. The new controllers are the first to have a hardware-based Elastic SLA Enforcer, which would ensure quality of service (QoS) while providing per-customer metering capabilities. This would boost overall storage efficiency and usage while decreasing total cost of ownership (TCO).

The new controllers are powered by Marvell’s 5th generation NANDEdge LDPC error correcting technology, which supports multiple vendors’ newest 3D NAND QLC, TLC, and SLC technologies, increasing SSD lifetime while providing “best-in-class” power to performance ratios.

“Bravera SC5 SSD controllers are first to market with innovative data center features that extend Marvell’s flash storage technology leadership,” said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Business Unit at Marvell. “We’re working with the entire ecosystem to enable SSD vendors and Do-It-Yourself cloud service providers to deploy the most advanced flash storage solutions.”

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Photo Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Business Unit at Marvell
“Bravera SC5 SSD controllers are first to market with innovative data center features that extend Marvell’s flash storage technology leadership,” said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Business Unit at Marvell.

As workloads change, Marvell’s newest SSD controller family offers significant customizability to accommodate the multitude of storage solutions required for the cloud. The new SSD controllers allow the world’s first EDSFF E1.S form factor devices with up to 16 NAND channels and unrestricted performance. Furthermore, the Bravera SC5 series complies with OCP NVMe SSD requirements. This would offer a consistent approach for integration and testing.

Marvell worked extensively with prominent hyperscale cloud providers including Microsoft Azure to ensure fleet compatibility and data center SSD standardization across the open hardware environment when designing the Bravera SSD controller series.

“We would like to congratulate Marvell on being first to market with its new Bravera SC5 SSD controller,” said Pablo Ziperovich, GM, Azure Memory & Storage Center of Excellence, Microsoft. “Marvell’s latest SSD controller enables OCP compliance, power efficiency, performance, and features which are critical to Microsoft Azure’s demanding requirements.”

Marvell’s new SSD controller family would take advantage of the company’s innovative and established system-on-chip (SoC) architectures to deliver performance of up to 14 GB/s and 2 million random read IOPS. The Marvell SSD controllers enable clients to productize various SKUs with short time-to-market by allowing them to reuse the same firmware stack throughout the whole product line.

Furthermore, the Bravera SC5 SSD controllers support numerous use models such as SEF, ZNS, Open Channel, and more without requiring any hardware changes. This would allow for the smooth repurposing of the same underlying hardware while switching workloads.

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