December 2nd, 2014 by Adam Armstrong
PMC And Memblaze Partner On Next-Generation PCIe Flash Accelerator
PMC-Sierra, Inc. and Memblaze Technology Co. Ltd announced that the new Memblaze PBlaze4 products (next-generation PCI Express flash accelerators) will be utilizing PMC's Flashtec NVM Express controllers. These new products are aimed at hyperscale and Open Compute Project deployments.
The partnership allows Memblaze to support multiple customer implementations and architectures with a common design effort and allows them to get to market sooner with PMC's standard-based architecture. The partnership also allows PMC to enable significant growth opportunities for flash in China's data centers and hyperscale deployments.
The new Memblaze PBlaze4 products (the successor for the PBlaze3 family) will provide ultra-low latency and "the lowest CPU load in the industry." They also boast some impressive capabilities including:
- 850,000 IOPS for random read
- 265,000 IOPS for random write
- 3.2GB/s sequential read
- 2.5GB/s sequential write
PMC's Flashtec NVMe controllers include 16-channel and 32-channel devices that enable SSDs with up to 8TB of storage and a performance of 850,000 IOPS per second, twice the capacity and performance of other controllers. Dual port functionality delivers high availability for enterprise-class application support, redundancy, and sustained uptime reliability. PMC’s Flashtec controller family supports the industry-standard NVMe interface, multiple NAND vendors and all common device drivers, enabling and accelerating wide-spread deployment of PCIe-based SSDs in cloud data centers and the enterprise.