Phison was the only company to get their early hardware to our lab, but we have a few other surprises in store at Flash Memory Summit next week. Look for more preview articles like this one showing next-generation controllers, and even a test with Toshiba TLC NAND flash in the coming days.
Phison appears to be on track to deliver a high performance SATA III part in 2014. The new S10 will work well with MLC and TLC NAND flash, so expect to see several retail products using the new controller.
We're really excited to see what the new S10 can do with TLC since the new flash should usher in a new era of low-price offerings. Lower prices mean a higher adaption rate. TLC is clearly the future for low-cost SSDs, and we expect to see several of them just before Christmas this year.
With MLC flash, the S10 looks like a competitor in the high performance ring. The firmware is not quite ready to go toe to toe with the Samsung 850 Pro or SanDisk Extreme PRO, but once Phison finishes the firmware and programming, we might just have a very good high performance drive that costs significantly less than others on the market today.
Come back next week for our extensive coverage from Flash Memory Summit 2014. We're excited!
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