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Phison Showcases New Controllers At CES

by Adam Armstrong
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This week at the all-digital CES 2021, Phison Electronics Corp. announced that it will be showcasing a handful of its new SSD controllers. These controllers are aimed at gaming and content creators. The new controllers are the Phison PS2251-17 (U17), PS2251-18 (U18), Phison (E21T), Phison PS5018-E18 (E18), and the Phison BGA SSD-E13T (E13T).

This week at the all-digital CES 2021, Phison Electronics Corp. announced that it will be showcasing a handful of its new SSD controllers. These controllers are aimed at gaming and content creators. The new controllers are the Phison PS2251-17 (U17), PS2251-18 (U18), Phison (E21T), Phison PS5018-E18 (E18), and the Phison BGA SSD-E13T (E13T).

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Phison is celebrating 20 years in the industry. Primarily known for NAND flash controllers, the companies have over 1,900 patents surrounding these controllers. Phison works with several major vendors on the flash products and has its fingers in just about every type of flash including SSDs (SATA, SAS, PCIe, NVMe), USB drive, mobile, SD, UFS, and eMMC. In 2019, they came out with the world’s first PCIe Gen4 SSD controller with the E16.

Today’s announcements revolve around gaming and content creation. These two fields mainly care about one thing, and that is performance. For gaming specifically, the company is rolling out with the Phison PS5018-E18, or E18. This is a PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe SSD controller. The E18 is the first on-market solution to break 7GB/s in both read and write performance. The new controller transitioned from 28nm to 12nm and offers up to 25% improvement over the previous generation. The E18 is compatible with NVMe 1.4 as well as PCIe Gen1, -2, -3, and -4.

In other PCIe Gen4 news, Phison is showing off its Phison PS5021-E21T or E21T. This Gen4x4 controller also went from 28nm to 12nm and is said to provide up to 25% better performance and power consumption compared to previous models. The E21T will run in capacities from 512GB to 4TB and offers top-end performance of 5GB/s read, 4.5GB/s write, 780K IOPS read, and 800K IOPS write. The E21T is designed for console, PC/laptop, and mobile gaming.

Another new entry in the mobile gaming arena is the Phison BGA SSD-E13T, or E13T. The E13T is only 11.5mm x 13mm but can pack up to 2TB of capacity. Being made for mobile games, it has to keep power consumption in mind and does so with only 1W of active power. This keeps the device cool and keeps the battery running longer. Now mobile gamers will be able to enjoy NVMe levels of performance in their gaming.

The final set of controllers showcased are USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 native UFD controllers, the Phison PS2251-17 (U17) and PS2251-18 (U18). The U17 goes up to 1 TB in capacity that reaches up to 1000 MB/sec sequential read and 800 MB/sec write performance. The U18 goes up to 4 TB in capacity that reaches up to 1900 MB/sec sequential read and 1700 MB/sec write performance. As security is something that is at the forefront of most of our minds, the U18 also supports TCG Opal security.

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