I/O controllers enable 1.6M read ops/sec

Article By : EE Times India

Microsemi's smart storage solutions target 'Flash performance' for data center servers with 12Gbps SAS or 6Gbps SATA HDDs or SSDs.

Microsemi has introduced its latest storage input/output (I/O) controllers, the SmartROC 3100 and SmartIOC 2100, powered by the company's Unified Smart Storage Stack.

The Smart Storage Platform delivers advanced security features, such as maxCrypto controller-based encryption and enterprise-class data protection support, according to the company. The solution achieves up to 1.6 million random read I/O operations per second and delivers over 35% power savings compared to competing controllers.

"Our next-generation server storage solutions offer a common firmware and software stack across host bus adapters (HBAs), redundant array of independent disks (RAID) and other applications," said Pete Hazen, vice president and business unit manager, scalable storage, at Microsemi.

Microsemi's smart storage solutions can be used in any server storage application with 12Gbps SAS or 6Gbps SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs). SAS/SATA HDDs and SSDs are forecasted by market research firm IDC to represent 80% of all enterprise drives shipped on an annual basis through the end of the decade. Microsemi's smart storage solutions are performance-optimised around SSD performance and power-optimised for HDD-based cold storage.

The SmartIOC 2100 and SmartRoC 3100 controllers feature a common firmware and software stack across all product variants, increasing reliability, improving end customer use experience and reducing qualification efforts; an optimised density, with variants available in 8-, 16- and 24-port configurations for 12Gbps SAS and 6Gbps SATA.

The controllers also have two additional dedicated boot drive ports available with the 16- and 24-port variants; PCIe Gen 3 x8 host interface compliant to base specification 3.1; enhanced hardware acceleration for RAID 0/1/10/5/6/50/60; maxCrypto, third generation data-at-rest controller based encryption engines; and significant integration of green backup components for footprint and bill of materials cost reduction for RAID applications with a protected write cache.

Microsemi's Unified Smart Storage Stack, as well as the fourth generation SmartRoC 3100 and SmartIOC 2100 controller product families, are available in volume production quantities now.

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