NVMe HMB Ecosystem Gets Expanded As Marvell Delivers First DRAM-less SSD Controller

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fremont, CA: Marvell today announced an expansion of its Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid-state drive (SSD) controller technology to support Host Memory Buffer (HMB) by enabling DRAM-less SSDs. This is the world's first DRAM-less NVMe SSD controller for mass market mobile computing solutions. It facilitates small form factor SSD solutions with unparalleled performance for integration into low-z-height tablets, Chromebooks and new 2-in-1 hybrid/detachable mobile PC platforms. Marvell, a world leader in storage, cloud infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and multimedia semiconductor solutions with this update will enable the usage of host memory by DRAM-less SSDs making them achieve performance equivalent to SSD designs with embedded DRAM but would incur much lower cost and power. Marvell's 88NV1140 is first of its kind in the market to support HMB. Thus there is a need to the adoption of HMB-enabled SSDs. In order to achieve the same, Marvell is partnering with other leaders in the PC ecosystem for a new generation of low power, small form factor mobile computing systems. “I am very pleased with our ongoing collaboration with leading ecosystem partners and look forward to the fast adoption of HMB in the broad consumer market," said David Chen, Vice President of SSD Business at Marvell.

Marvell's 88NV1140 comes with industry-leading NANDEdge™ low-density parity check (LDPC) technology which supports 3D NAND and triple-level cell (TLC). This also facilitates the industry's first hardware to support the new NVMe HMB feature. Marvell's 88NV1140 would face no limitations of conventional DRAM-less architectures and will be able to scale up performance by leveraging memory allocated from the host system. “The NVM Express organization is pleased to see the first product ship that supports the Host Memory Buffer feature. This is an important step in developing the ecosystem to support use of NVM Express SSDs in low power and small form factor devices in mobile computing," said Amber Huffman, President, NVM Express, Inc.

Marvell’s Host Memory Buffer along with other innovative storage solutions will be showcased at CES 2016 in Marvell's suite on Jan. 6–9, 2016.