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I have yet to see a solid state drive come with a whiplash warning, but maybe one is finally warranted. Faster SSDs are coming, and at least some of them will be driven by Phison's brand-spanking-new PS5018-E18 controller chip, which leverages the PCI Express 4.0 bus to push incredibly high read and write speeds on the PC. How fast, you ask? According to Phison, the E18 controller can drive sequential read speeds of up to 7,400MB/s, or 7.4GB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s, or 7GB/s. This will enable a new generation of PCIe 4.0 SSDs that perform even higher than the initial ones, which generally peaked at around 5,000MB/s. “While other companies are just now starting... Read more...
Yesterday, we got a glimpse at the Xbox Series X from the front and the back including its port lineup. Today, we're getting a clearer glimpse at the hardware actually inside the gaming console; specifically, with relation to its storage system. We had previously heard rumors that the Xbox Series X would feature a Phison SSD controller, and that has been seemingly confirmed thanks to a LinkedIn profile. According to the software engineer's profile, the Xbox Series X makes use of the Phison PS5019-E19T, which is a DRAM-less SSD controller. It is PCIe 4.0 compliant controller that actually is a less performant counterpart to the familiar E16 controller. The E16... Read more...
The PCIe 4.0 era is amongst us, primarily [for consumers] thanks to the arrival of AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors and X570 motherboard platform. Up until now, we've seen a number of PCIe 4.0 consumer SSDs arrive with read/write speeds topping out at around the 5GB/sec mark. However, Lexar has been demoing a new PCIe 4.0 SSD that is raising the bar for all other manufacturers. PCIe 4.0 SSDs released up until to this point use the Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller. However, Lexar's new 4x4 NVMe prototype SSD is already delivering sequential reads of 6.2GB/sec along with sequential writes of 4.2GB/sec. Unfortunately, Lexar isn't divulging details on what controller is being used... Read more...
Amid all of the hoopla surrounding AMD's next-generation Ryzen processors based on its Zen 2 CPU architecture is an interesting technology that complements the launch. We are talking about PCI Express 4.0. This is part of AMD's accompanying X570 chipset for Ryzen, and it doubles the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0. One of the immediate benefits we will see from this is the introduction of faster NVMe solid state drives, such as Gigabyte's newest AORUS model. The caveat is that, on the consumer side, the only combination that supports PCIe 4.0 right now is an X570 motherboard paired with a third-generation Ryzen processor, both of which you will be able to get your hands on in July. In the meantime, we... Read more...
AMD is looking to one-up Intel on numerous fronts with its Zen 2-based announcements at Computex 2019. In addition to introducing us to the first members of the Ryzen 3000 family, AMD also introduced the X570 chipset that natively supports the new processors. Perhaps the biggest feature addition with X570 is the availability of PCIe 4.0 support, and MSI is taking full advantage of that additional bandwidth by showcasing a new [unnamed] Phison PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe PS5016-E16-based SSD. Needless to say, this PCIe 4.0 SSD delivers some scintillating performance according to MSI. In the provided CrystalMark benchmark (seen below), the Phison-based SSD was able to record sequential read/write... Read more...
Kingston has announced that it has shipped over 18 million SSDs globally that use Phison controllers. The landmark is a symbol of the strength of the "longstanding relationship" between Kingston and Phison Electronics Corp. The two firms have been working together for over a decade after having originally forged the partnership in USB flash drives before moving together into SSDs.  In 2010, Kingston and Phison invested jointly in a new company specifically to create embedded solutions to ease the design-in effort for handheld device manufacturers and to speed the development cycle allowing products to get to market faster. That company is called Kingston Solutions Inc. Kingston writes, "... Read more...