What's interesting here is that LSI has built a modular controller capable of supporting both consumer and enterprise products. Built from the ground up, the SF3700 controller sports interchangeable front-end, core, and back-end components. The front-end features the dual-interface design, while the core does most of the heavy lifting such as taking care of Garbage Collection, Intelligent Wear Leveling, encryption, and more. It's also home to LSI's DuraWrite technology as found on previous generation controllers.
Finally, the back-end interface has nine NAND channels and supports a whole bunch of different NAND configurations. Each of the eight primary NAND channels has its own dedicated sub-controller, as does the extra ninth-channel which allows drive makers to offer binary capacities such as 1TB instead of 960GB without tapping into the overprovisioned area.
SF3700 controllers are currently shipping to LSI's hardware partners. Expect to see SSDs using the new controller in the first half of 2014.
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