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Phison S11 SSD Preview: Toshiba BiCS TLC & Micron 3D MLC

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2016 1:00 pm

Phison S11-Toshiba BiCS TLC and Phison S11-Micron 3D MLC

 

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Phison sells its controllers as part of a turnkey solution to be branded and sold by vendors. This has made Phison SSDs a favorite among third-party SSD makers. This is also why we do not have a case design to show you. Both drives are 256GB and feature the same 1/3 length PCB. The only difference between the two drives is the flash. Both engineering samples feature unqualified firmware and zero overprovisioning. We expect to see even better performance with qualified firmware and 7% overprovisioning when S11-powered drives hit the market in September or October of this year. Toshiba BiCS 3D TLC on the left and the Micron 3D MLC on the right - both SSDs are DRAM-less designs.

 

 

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The BiCS-powered drive on the left features four 64GB flash packages. The Micron-powered drive on the right features two 128GB flash packages.

 

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A detailed view of the tiny two-channel, single-core, Phison S11 controller that powers both drives.

 

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A detailed view of one of the drive's 64GB BiCS flash packages.

 

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A detailed view of one of the drive's 128GB Micron flash packages.

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