“SSD storage solutions are evolving to address new challenges in data centers which demand changes in storage platforms and operating models,” said Nelson Duann, Silicon Motion's senior vice president of marketing and R&D. “Our MonTitan SSD solution is an innovative PCIe Gen5 SSD platform designed to satisfy the unique demands of data centers today while providing flexibility and programmability to meet future evolving standards.”
Silicon Motion says its MonTitan controller is based on an entirely new platform featuring a purpose-built SM8366 ASIC. It sports a 16-channel NAND interface supporting up to 2,400 MT/s. Combined with custom firmware and fancy algorithms tuned for performance and QoS, Silicon Motion says MonTitan can top 14GB/s of sequential write performance. Random read and write performance checks in at 3 million 4K IOPS and 2.8 million 4K IOPS, respectively.
In terms for sequential performance, 14GB/s gets fair close to the theoretical upper limits of PCIe 5.0 x4, which is around 16GB/s. That's not accounting for overhead and other real-world barriers. Silicon Motion's latest controller also supports monstrous capacities for data center storage—up to 128TB.