At Computex Taipei in June, we started the NGFF story with a pair of ADATA next-generation drives in preview form. At the time, we stated that SATA based NGFF SSDs were only part of the next gen formula. The shoe has finally dropped and we can now preview the world's first PCIe based NGFF product.
It's not a secret that our market is diversifying. NAND flash, although now decades in production, has simply changed our lives. Without it we would all still carry around plastic disks for our music, have 200 pound TVs and boot our computers in the time it takes to brew a cup of coffee. It's almost unfathomable to understand the reach NAND flash has. If you have a device that plugs into the wall or has a USB port, it most likely has flash in it. In the image above, we see several of SanDisk's new 2013 products and as you can see, they come in all shapes and sizes. Over the coming weeks we'll explore many of these products and discuss NAND flash use in unsuspecting products like casino games, digital signage and mobile devices. Many of these devices don't require bus blistering performance, but that's not what we're going to talk about today.
One affect NAND flash has had on the computer market is the ability to scale performance faster than the standards committees can keep up with. With platter based disk drives performance improvements came in a few tens of MB/s, with SSDs in just a short time, we went from 100MB/s to all out madness. Today's madness is native PCIe and it's called the SanDisk A110.
Based on the new Marvell 88SS9183-BNP2 controller with SanDisk built firmware, the A110 is the first PCIe based NGFF consumer product to break through the limits of SATA and deliver a powerful successor to the chains that bind our user experience.
Today we're taking a brief look at the new A110 and showing a few benchmarks ran in our hotel room at Flash Memory Summit. We want to thank SanDisk for the opportunity and Jon Coulter for providing us his SSD review system for a couple of days.