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Appeared on: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Marvell to Demonstrate Flash-based Technologies at Flash Memory Summit

Marvell is demonstrating its technologies in Flash-based solutions at the Flash Memory Summit being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center from August 21 to 23.

Marvell will feature live demonstrations ranging from turnkey chipsets to board-level adapters that utilize NAND flash memory.

Marvell will announce the general availability of the DragonFly platform at the Flash Memory Summit. The platform combines Marvell's SoC technology with its newly designed circuit boards, and plugs directly into commercially available servers with a PCIe slot. The result is a systems solution that can achieve 10-100x lower latency and improved server I/O performance, while reducing power, space and storage capital costs in the datacenter. DragonFly will be commercially available on September 15, 2012.

DragonFly is sold as a PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter with up to 8GB SODIMM ECC DRAM and up to 1.5 TB of external SSD storage; read, write-back and write-thru caching; synchronous low-latency peer-to-peer write-back mirroring; 3.2GB/s of throughput; less than 22us latency; 220K IOPS read; 220K IOPS write; integrated ultracapacitors to protect data in the event of power loss; and a wide variety of host operating system support, including RHEL, KVM, Xen, VMWare and Windows.

Marvell is also showcasing ARM SSD servers based on the company's quad core ARM-based ARMADA XP SoC products.

Marvell will host live demos of its ARM SSD server reference design at the Marvell booth. The demonstration will combine an ARM server reference design based on ARMADA XP and the 88SE9445 PCIe-SAS/SATA controller with SanDisk X100 6Gb/s SATA SSDs. This system reference architecture combines high performance with low power consumption and space efficiency, delivering benefits for the next-generation of hyperscale cloud computing and enterprise data centers.

Marvell will also offer multiple demonstrations of its storage SoCs used in PCIe SSDs, SAS SSDs, and Thunderbolt-based SSDs. These include a high-definition video streaming off a Marvell-powered Thunderbolt-based SSD, PCIe SSD reference designs that show powerful I/O acceleration for both bare-metal and virtual server applications.

Examples of bridge-based PCIe SSDs include the use of the Marvell 88SE9485, aPCIe 2.0 x8 to 8x 6Gb/s SAS/SATA I/O controller, and the Marvell 88SE9230, a PCIe 2.0 x2 to 4x 6Gb/s SATA I/O controller. Native PCIe SSD reference designs leverage the Marvell reference board that combine a low-latency non-blocking PLX PCIe switch with multiple Marvell 88NV9145 PCIe-NAND modules. SAS SSDs utilize the Marvell 88SF9210 (6Gb/s dual-port SAS to dual SATA ports protocol converter) and 88SF9110 (6Gb/s dual-port SAS to single SATA port protocol converter). Finally, Thunderbolt-powered SSDs leverage a combination of an Intel Thunderbolt controller with a Marvell PCIe-SATA I/O controller, such as the 88SE9230 and 88SE9182.

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