New Generation of Market-Leading LSI SandForce(R) SSD Controllers Drive Flash
to Higher Levels of Performance, Reliability and Endurance
Multiple Industry Firsts Include Over 1.8GB/s Client Performance and Dual PCIe
and SATA Interface Support; Optimizations for Client, Enterprise and
DENVER, Nov. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SC13 – LSI Corporation (Nasdaq:LSI)
today unveiled the third generation of its market-leading SandForce^® flash
controller line, the industry's most widely deployed flash management
technology for driving PCIe^® and SATA solid state drive (SSD) and flash card
solutions. Designed to support power-sensitive client computing applications
as well as I/O-intensive enterprise and hyperscale environments, the new LSI^®
SandForce SF3700 flash controller family provides the increased levels of
flash performance, reliability and endurance needed to meet the exacting needs
of SSD manufacturers.
The SF3700 family is the industry's first flash controller that provides the
flexibility to support both native PCIe Gen2 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s host interfaces
in a single ASIC design. This unique capability greatly simplifies SSD designs
and helps to significantly reduce development and manufacturing costs for SSD
With the addition of the SF3700 family's PCIe interface support, users can
achieve breakthrough client performance of over 1.8GB/s sequential reads, a 3x
improvement compared to SATA-based solutions.
"From our everyday lives to the hyperscale datacenter, flash storage solutions
are transforming the speed and efficiency of data storage," said Huibert
Verhoeven, vice president and general manager, Flash Components Division, LSI.
"The SF3700 family brings a new architecture, designed from the ground up to
deliver unmatched flash performance and the longevity required to drive
current and future portable client computing, enterprise and big data
"Intel is focused on providing unique offerings optimized for our customers'
specific needs," said Rob Crooke, Intel corporate vice president and general
manager for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "Intel expects
accelerated and broader industry adoption of PCIe clients, including those
with the new LSI SF3700 PCIe controller family, helping to ensure our
customers have the right solution for every application."
Unique and industry-first LSI SandForce SF3700 features and benefits:
*Native PCIe and SATA Interfaces: M.2 form factor cards designed with the
SF3700 flash controller's industry-only dual PCIe and SATA interface can
use a simple manufacturing jumper to select the final desired interface
for better inventory and cost management. The SF3700 family's PCIe
interface supports AHCI and NVMe protocols to enable both legacy
applications of PCIe flash and efficient NVMe flash storage application
*Optimized DuraWrite™ Data Reduction: Exclusive SandForce controller data
reduction technology combines several techniques to extend NAND flash
memory life as flash geometries shrink and trend toward lower reliability.
The SF3700 family's optimized DuraWrite data reduction technology helps to
maximize SSD endurance by further lowering write amplification and the
number of program erase (P/E) cycles.
*SHIELD™ Error Correction: This technology extends flash memory life and
significantly improves data integrity by implementing a flash-optimized
low-density parity-check (LDPC) code that combines hard-decision,
soft-decision and digital signal processing (DSP) together with unique
adaptive error correction code rates. This enables SSD manufacturers to
deliver enterprise-class product life and data integrity, even when using
less expensive flash memory.
*Enhanced RAISE™ Technology: Redundant Array of Independent Silicon
Elements (RAISE) technology, which is similar to RAID, delivers new levels
of data protection specifically designed for SSDs by protecting against
page, block and full die failures in a single drive environment. The
SF3700 family's unique ninth channel for an extra flash package enables
more RAISE protection and user capacity options.
*Dual AES-256 Encryption: Data security is an important component in
today's digital age, and the SF3700 family enterprise controllers feature
unique dual AES-256 drive-level encryption to secure data without
incurring additional host processor load. Optional support for TCG Opal
and Enterprise specifications ensure broad interoperability and ease of
data security management.
SF3700 family controllers provide up to 2TB maximum capacity and a 9-channel
ONFI-3/Toggle-2 flash interface. Their modular and flexible architecture
enables fast migration to new host interfaces and media types, allowing for
significant firmware reuse between new products, as well as continuous
innovation throughout the life of the product. The result is an accelerated
time to market, increased ability to support customer-specific customizations,
and an extended product life for SSD manufacturers and system OEMs.
LSI is demonstrating the new SF3700 family controllers this week at the SC13
conference in Denver, Colo., and at LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS)
taking place in San Jose, Calif.
The AIS demo will showcase the SF3700 family's breakthrough client performance
of 1.8GB/s sequential reads using Toshiba's second generation Advanced 19
nanometer (A19nm) NAND flash memory. LSI will also display initial reference
designs, which support flash memory vendors Micron, SanDisk and Toshiba. In
addition, SandForce flash controller customers ADATA, Avant and Kingston will
showcase SF3700-based PCIe and SATA SSD products.
SF3700 flash controllers are currently sampling to select SSD OEM customers.
Volume customer shipments are expected in the first half of 2014.
For more information on LSI SandForce flash controllers, visit
Shalley Chen, Executive Vice President, ADATA Technology
"ADATA continues to commit to the LSI SandForce partnership and is supporting
early demonstrations of the SF3700 flash controller in both a 2.5" and M.2
solid state drive form factor. We believe the SF3700 family provides a
competitive solution in the PCIe arena and we look forward to bringing
products to market based on the new controller."
Paul Goodwin, Chief Technology Officer, Avant Technology
Avant is a leading provider of DRAM memory modules and solid state drives for
both the client and enterprise markets and our ongoing relationship with LSI
SandForce is fundamental to Avant's continued success in the space. We're
designing SATA and PCIe SSDs based on the SandForce SF3700 controller family
and the new and enhanced features will be critical to meeting the performance,
reliability and reduced power requirements of our customers."
Ariel Perez, SSD Business Manager, Kingston Technology
"We believe the LSI SandForce SF3700 controller family is a game changer that
will allow us to further expand Kingston's SSD portfolio and support the
evolving data storage requirements of our customers and partner community.
From supporting I/O-intensive big data and virtualization workloads to
power-sensitive client computing applications, the SF3700 family enables us to
build robust PCIe and SATA SSD solutions optimized to meet the demands of
enterprise and client applications."
Technology partner quotes:
Paul Petersen, Director of Marketing, NAND Component Division, Micron
Micron is working with LSI to ensure the new SandForce SF3700 family of
controllers supports Micron's 128Gb MLC NAND flash memory technology.
These new flash storage solutions will deliver the high performance, superior
reliability and endurance needed to address the requirements of enterprise and
client computing applications.
Scott Nelson, Senior Vice President, Memory Business Unit, Toshiba America
Electronic Components, Inc.
"LSI SandForce flash controllers are key technology to extending flash
reliability and endurance in SSDs as fabrication geometries continue to
shrink. Toshiba's Advanced 19nm (A19nm) NAND is the world's smallest MLC 64
gigabit NAND flash memory. We're excited to be working with LSI to enable the
first public demonstration of the new SandForce SF3700 controller supporting
Toshiba A19nm NAND in a solid state drive."
Industry analyst quotes:
Greg Wong, Founder and Principal Analyst, Forward Insights
"The industry has been eagerly awaiting the next generation of LSI's
award-winning and widely deployed SandForce flash controllers. The new
architecture and enhanced features are designed to meet the challenges of TLC
and future NAND technologies. As the successor of the bestselling line of
turnkey flash controller solutions, the SF3700 family is expected to be a key
enabler for the proliferation of flash in personal computing and datacenter
Jeff Janukowicz, Research Director, IDC Corporation
"The thriving demand for information is driving enterprise adoption of
flash-based solutions to accelerate access to data and boost datacenter
efficiencies in a cost-effective manner. Advanced flash controllers like the
SandForce SF3700 with its native PCIe interface support will play a key role
in optimizing flash implementations for the enterprise and overcoming the
shorter endurance, lower reliability and higher ECC requirements of evolving
NAND flash types."
Jim Handy, Semiconductor Analyst, Objective Analysis
"The PCIe interface is growing in importance in both PCs and the enterprise.
LSI's new SF3700 flash controllerfamily is well positioned to tap into that
trend,while its upgraded features will be significant in overcoming the
challenges of TLC and future NAND types."
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