Marvell announced its new Bravera SC5 controller family, bringing unprecedented performance, best-in-class efficiency, and leading security features to address ever-expanding workloads in the cloud. The massive amount of data to be processed in cloud data centers is driving demand for faster and higher bandwidth storage in these environments. Marvell’s Bravera SC5 SSD controllers address the critical requirements for scalable, containerized cloud storage infrastructure. By enabling the highest performing flash storage solutions, Marvell’s controllers are poised to be the foundation for data centers that offer ultra-low latency, real-time applications while also providing cost-optimized, cloud-scale capacity.
As the industry’s first SSD controllers to support PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 1.4b, Marvell’s Bravera SC5 doubles the performance compared to PCIe 4.0 SSDs. This contributes to accelerated workloads and reduced latency, dramatically improving the user experience. In order to meet cloud service providers’ stringent security requirements to ensure users’ data is safe and protected, the controllers offer FIPS-compliant root of trust (RoT), AES 256-bit encryption, and multi-key revocation. The new controllers are the first with a hardware-based Elastic SLA Enforcer to assure the quality of service (QoS) and provide metering capabilities per customer to increase overall storage efficiency and utilization while lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO).
Next-generation cloud data center server architectures continue to span varying form factors, NAND types as well as performance criteria which must meet the rigorous physical, thermal, and signal integrity requirements. Marvell’s latest SSD controller family offers high customizability to address the variety of storage options needed for the cloud as workloads continue to evolve. The new controllers enable the world’s first EDSFF E1.S form factor devices that support up to 16 NAND channels while offering unthrottled performance. In addition, the Bravera SC5 family is compliant with Open Compute Project (OCP) NVMe SSD specifications, providing a standardized path for integration and testing.
In developing the Bravera SSD controller line, Marvell worked closely with leading hyper-scale cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure to ensure fleet compatibility and data center SSD standardization across the open hardware landscape.
Marvell’s new SSD controller family leverages the company’s advanced and proven system-on-chip (SoC) architectures to enable up to 14 GB/s of throughput and 2 million random read IOPS. By providing the ability for customers to reuse the same firmware stack across the entire product offering, the Marvell SSD controllers allow customers to productize multiple SKUs with quick time-to-market. Additionally, the Bravera SC5 SSD controllers are the industry’s first flash controllers to enable multiple usage models such as SEF, ZNS, Open Channel, and more without hardware changes. This offers the flexibility to seamlessly repurpose the same underlying hardware when migrating to next-generation workloads.
The new controllers are powered by Marvell’s 5th generation NANDEdge LDPC error correction technology, which supports the latest 3D NAND QLC, TLC, and SLC technologies from various vendors in the market, extending SSD lifetime while enabling best-in-class power to performance ratios.
The new Marvell chipsets are sampling now to select customers. More information on the new cloud and data center SSD controllers can be found on the Bravera SC5 SSD controller family product page.