Microsemi Corporation announced the SmartROC 3200 and SmartIOC 2200 storage controllers designed specifically to meet the demanding storage performance and flexibility requirements for the next generation of data centers.
NVMe SSD usage in enterprise servers continues to accelerate through innovations in drive reliability and serviceability, as well as new standards such as SFF’s Universal Backplane Management (UBM) and FF-TA-1001 (U.3) specifications. Enterprise class storage management and data protection features offered by these new storage controllers is a requirement amongst many enterprise customers. As universal bay servers begin to emerge to support this increased NVMe media adoption where deployment flexibility is desired, these servers will require the storage controller to flexibly connect to NVMe, SAS and SATA solid state drives (SSDs) or hard disk drives (HDDs).
New SAS and SATA HDD and SSD innovations, including multi-actuator hard drives and MultiLink SAS™ SSDs, will increase the need for bandwidth on the storage infrastructure, driving the need for a 24G SAS storage backbone. Microsemi offers the first storage controller solution to deliver enough bandwidth to saturate the PCIe Gen 4 interface to the CPU combined with tri-mode connectivity towards the storage media with support for all of PCIe Gen 4, 24G SAS and 6G SATA.
The first IOC and ROC with 24G SAS, the SmartROC 3200 and SmartIOC 2200 remove storage bottlenecks and enable systems to take full advantage of the PCI Gen 4 host interfaces in high performance or high capacity storage configurations. The devices also carry forward the value of Microsemi’s Smart Storage Stack, including its proven reliability, comprehensive storage management tools and maxCrypto controller-based encryption. These devices also feature Trusted Platform support, a new level of platform security which includes hardware root of trust which are aligned with initiatives like the Open Compute Security Project.
SmartROC 3200 and SmartIOC 2200 solution highlights:
- PCIe Gen 4 CPU interconnect
- Tri-mode media connectivity, supporting PCIe Gen 4 NVMe, 24G SAS, and 6G SATA on any lane
- Innovative DirectPath architecture provides for lowest possible latency for NVMe transactions
- Dynamic Channel Multiplexing (DCM) technology provides full utilization of 24G SAS bandwidth uplinks when aggregating lower speed storage devices
- Support for unified Smart Storage firmware, drivers, and tools
The SmartROC 3200 and SmartIOC 2200 are part of a full end-to-end solution of storage infrastructure and endpoint solutions for PCIe Gen 4 and 24G SAS.
The SmartROC 3200 and SmartIOC 2200 will sample to select customers in 2018. For additional information, visit www.microsemi.com/