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Microsemi Extends Flashtec Product Line with NVMe Controllers Optimized for Mainstream, High-Capacity Enterprise and Data Center SSDs

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Microsemi Extends Flashtec Product Line with NVMe Controllers Optimized for Mainstream, High-CapacityEnterprise and Data Center SSDs

New Devices to be Showcasedat Flash Memory Summit Aug. 9-11 in Santa Clara, California

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Aug. 8, 2016—Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider ofsemiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance,today announcedthe availability of its mainstreamFlashtec NVM Express (NVMe)2108 eight channel and NVMe2104 four channel controllers, enabling leading enterprises and data centers worldwide to realize cost and power effective high capacity solid state drives (SSDs). The second generation PCIe devices extend Microsemi’s product line to mainstream capacity, performance and power while maintaining architectural consistency andattractive enterprise features from its current controllers.

“Our new Flashtec NVMe2108 and NVMe2104 controllers are the latest offerings demonstratingMicrosemi’smulti-generationalexpertise in delivering PCIeNVMe SSD controller products for enterprise, server and data center markets,” said Derek Dicker,vice president and business unit manager, performance storage, at Microsemi. “These new controllers provide the balance of the same enterprise grade features and a mature enterprise architecture customers have come to expect from us, with lower power and cost structure aligned with the mainstream PCIe segment’s U.2 and M.2 needs.”

According to market research firm IDC’s report titled, “Worldwide Solid State Drive Forecast, 2015–2019,” the industry is transitioning toward PCIe-based SSDs, with PCIe-based SSDs estimated to be more than 40 percent of enterprise SSD revenue by 2019. Microsemi’s full portfolio of second generation PCIe controllers cater to this growing demand. The company’s two new devices offer eight and four channel PCIeNVMecontrollers capable of supporting capacities of greater than 7TB, a DDR4 interface capable of supporting 8GB and higher, dual-port, SRIS,end-end data protectionand M.2 form factor support using the four channel product.

In addition, the new devicesenable reuse of firmware with existing Microsemi NVMe controller customers, expanding support and making design cycles shorter. The new Flashtec NVMe2108 and NVMe2104 controllers are optimized for leading mainstream read/write performance. Since the controller performs all flash management operations on-chip and consumes negligible host processing and memory resources, it can also be used by customers for host based Flash Translation Layer (FTL) implementations.

Key features include:

·         Extending the current controller architecture to mainstream eight and four channel PCIe Flash controllers for enterprise and datacenter markets

·         Support for greater than 8GB of DDR4 using standard components

·         Eight channel optimized for U.2 and half-height half-length (HHHL), while the four channel can also support M.2 form factors

·         Mature architecture with optimized power and cost for mainstream, while preserving enterprise features like dual-port, SRIS and end-end data protection

·         Advanced ECC enables support of current and future generations of Toggle and ONFI NAND

·         Programmable architecture enables SSD product differentiation through firmwarecustomizations

Industry Quotes

Micron: “The announcement of Microsemi’s new Flashtec devices demonstrates how the company continues to accelerate adoption of PCIe flash into the mainstream enterprise segment,”said Eric Endebrock, vice president of storage marketingat Micron. “The high capacity these mainstream controllers support are well aligned to take advantage of Micron’s rapidly ramping 384Gb 3D TLC and 256Gb MLC NAND.”

Toshiba: “With our 3D Flash Memory products called BiCS FLASH, we are pleased to work closely with Microsemi,” said HirooOhta, Technology Executive, Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company, Toshiba Corporation. “We believe our collaboration brings high performance, high reliability and the high density solution for expanding enterprises and data centers segments.”

Hynix: “Datacenter and hyperscale markets continue to ramp their use of PCIe SSDs, and Microsemi’s new mainstream SSD controllers will help accelerate that trend,” said VP S.H. Choir, head of NAND product planning office at SK Hynix. “SK Hynix’s next-generation 3D NAND and Microsemi’s advanced LDPC technology will usher in a new era of mainstream high-endurance enterprise SSDs.”

Product Availability

Microsemi’s Flashtec NVMe2108 and NVMe2104 controllers are sampling now. For more information, visithttp://www.microsemi.com/products/storage/flashtec-nvme-controllers/flashtec-nvme-controllers or contact sales.support@microsemi.com.

Product Demonstrations in Booth #213at Flash Memory Summit Aug. 9-11
Microsemi will be showcasing its new devices at the upcoming Flash Memory Summit Aug. 9-11, 2016, with product demonstrations offered in Microsemi’s booth, #213. The event, which will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California,educates attendees about the latest developments in flash memory.

About Microsemi’s Product Portfolio for Data Center

Microsemi is a premier supplier of innovative semiconductor, board, system, software and services for enterprise and hyperscaledata centers, enabling high performance, secure, low power and reliable infrastructure for scalable deployments. Microsemi technologies drive innovation in applications including storage systems, server storage, NVM solutions, Ethernet switching, rack scale architecture, data center interconnect, network timing and power subsystems. Building on a track record of technology leadership, Microsemi’s data center infrastructure portfolio is transforming networks that connect, store and move big data,while lowering the total cost of ownership of deploying nextgeneration services. 

The portfolioincludes high performance NVMestorage controllers, NVRAM drives, SAS/SATA host bus adapters and RAID controllers enabling high capacity storage architectures, high density PCIeswitching and firmware for rack scale architectures, PCIe re-drivers, and Ethernet PHYs for intra-rack connectivity. Microsemi’s product portfolio also includes clock and power management, IEEE1588 integrated circuits (ICs) and NTP servers for synchronization across the data center, as well as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs to perform secure system management of servers and storage.For more information, visit http://www.microsemi.com/applications/data-center.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

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