CES 2024 is a few weeks away, so Phison shared its plans for the consumer electronics industry's biggest trade show this week. Among the headliners of the event will be the company's latest PS5026-E26 Max14um platform for top-of-the-range PCIe Gen5 SSDs, as well as the PS2251-21 (U21) single-chip platform for USB4 drives that brings together great speeds and cost efficiency.

The company's PS5026-E26 Max14um platform, demonstrated back in August, relies on the PS5026-E26 controller with a PCIe 5.0 x4 interface and I/O+ technology coupled with heavily tuned firmware to enable up to 14.7 GB/s sequential reads and up to 12 GB/s sequential writes with Micron's B58R 3D TLC NAND devices featuring a 2400 MT/s data transfer rate. Perhaps more importantly, drives based on the 'maximum' platform are projected to offer 1.5 million random read IOPS and 1.6 million random write IOPS, according to Phison's slide demonstrated at Flash Memory Summit.

One of the particularly interesting wrinkles of the PS5026-E26 Max14um PCIe Gen 5 SSD platform is that it needs decent cooling (just like other E26-based drives, to be honest), so to get to a 14.7 GB/s sequential read speed, Phison used Frore Systems's AitJet Mini cooling systems that use tiny vibrating MEMS membranes to generate airflows. We can only wonder whether Phison will recommend using these cooling devices for the PS5026-E26 Max14um-powered drives, but at least SSD suppliers have such an option.

Another product that Phison will demonstrate at CES is its Phison PS2251-21 (U21) single-chip solution suited for small portable storage devices 'in conventional and unconventional form factors' with a USB4 interface. The company says that these drives will offer performance of up to 4 GB/s, which is higher than what the best SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface provide. A single-chip solution like this could enable inexpensive, high-performance external USB4 drives and direct-attached storage devices, which are non-existent today.

In addition to the maxed-out PS5026-E26 Max14um platform and the PS2251-21 (U21) single-chip USB4 storage solution, Phison will again demonstrate its low-power PCIe Gen5 PS5031-E31T controller platform for low-cost DRAMless SSDs that features a quad-channel NAND architecture and promises a sequential read speed of up to 10.8GB/s and capacities up to 8 TB. Also, the company will showcase its low-power PS5027-E27T, a controller for M.2-2230 SSDs with a PCIe Gen4 interface, which will come in handy for devices like Asus ROG Ally or Valve's Steam Deck.

Source: Phison

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  • PeachNCream - Friday, December 8, 2023 - link

    Ugh CES again. I always hate that time of year mainly because of the number of low-value news posts about each and every little tiny thing that some company announces there since on one wants to summarize (which is fair - artificial inflation of page views is a thing people have to do to keep their jobs). Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Friday, December 8, 2023 - link

    I only wish that they'd wait for full specs instead of these teaser articles which are rarely followed up on. Reply
  • SanX - Friday, December 8, 2023 - link

    Can anyone with the knowledge of details behing this tech explain here why the heck while the main source of heat is the controller they still keep using 12-14nm and not say 5-7nm. Reply
  • SanX - Friday, December 8, 2023 - link

    Also is this supposedly to be the news if one can read one year ago: "China’s Domestic NVMe SSD Controller Manufacturer To Launch 14.5 GB/s PCIe Gen 5.0 Solution In 2023..."
    or another Chinese firm:
    "Yingren Technology's YR S900 PCIe 5.0 SSD controller has commenced mass production..."
    Reply
  • nandnandnand - Friday, December 8, 2023 - link

    I think there's more to an SSD controller than (temporarily) maxing out the PCIe bandwidth. That's probably more obvious in some of the more detailed articles about these controllers Reply
  • meacupla - Friday, December 8, 2023 - link

    Probably because E26 came out in January 2023, and they only started showing up around June 2023.
    And if you recall, 2020~2023 had a global chip shortage / high demand for the newer nodes.

    Their E31T, announced in May 2023, uses 7nm. I would speculate they do have an E26 using 7nm in the works.
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  • shabby - Monday, December 11, 2023 - link

    More expensive process = less profit = less ivory back scratchers. Reply
  • lmcd - Monday, December 11, 2023 - link

    Scaling down buses is not the same as scaling down logic. Obviously SSD controllers have plenty of logic, but it's fair for a controller to not be brought forward to a newer node if only a little bit of the die benefits from the new node, and the yields are bad relative to a more mature node. Reply

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