PMC Scales Performance Storage Tier with Industry’s First PCIe Storage Switches and Fastest SSD Controllers

Highest Capacity, Performance and Reliability Controller

PMC’s second-generation Flashtec NVMe Controllers, NVMe2032 and NVMe2016, provide the highest capacity, performance and reliability to store the world’s critical data. They are the industry’s first SSD controllers to integrate DDR4 DRAM, alleviating bottlenecks and maximizing throughput. Flashtec’s flexible and programmable architecture allows customers to differentiate their SSDs and customize for endurance, performance and capacity to meet total-cost-of-ownership targets and workload requirements. Advanced Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) Error Correction Codes (ECC) enable support for the latest NAND technology nodes and the industry’s widest selection of memory types, including 3-D and TLC NAND. The controllers are optimized for power efficiency, including automatic idling of processor cores and antonymous power reduction capabilities. Industry-leading features include:

  • Capable of one million IOPS on 4KB block transactions;
  • Greater than 20TB flash capacity (20TB flash capacity using 256Gb flash density);
  • Supports 3-D, TLC, enterprise MLC, MLC and SLC NAND flash with Toggle or ONFI interfaces;
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 or dual independent PCIe 3.0 x4 (active/active and active/standby);
  • Up to 32 independent flash channels;
  • Standard enterprise NVMe host control interface;
  • Encryption (XTS-AES-256);
  • Flash channel RAID; and
  • Data integrity and reliability.


Switchtec PSX PCIe Storage Switches and second-generation Flashtec NVMe Controllers are sampling now to lead customers. For more information, visit:

Note to editors: PMC will exhibit in booth #213 at the Flash Memory Summit, August 12-13, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, featuring demonstrations of the Switchtec storage switches, as well as the Flashtec SSD controllers reaching one million IOPS. For more information, visit


Industry quotes

Memory Vendors

“PMC’s products highlight the innovation necessary to meet the needs of the evolving and rapidly-growing enterprise storage market,” said Phill LoPresti, president and CEO of Everspin. “Everspin’s products have been optimized for this market - our ultra-low latency and high endurance ST-MRAM provides a persistent DRAM solution that is reliable and efficient, matching up well with PMC’s new offerings.”

“We are pleased to work with PMC to enable Micron’s 3D NAND technology with their high-performance LDPC controller,” said Eric Endebrock, vice president of Storage Marketing, Micron. “These efforts will help enable enterprise customers’ mission-critical and high-performance workloads, such as big data, as well as optimize virtualized workloads.”

“We look forward to working together with PMC to enable SSDs based on SK hynix 3D NAND and PMC’s industry leading PCIe SSD controllers for the hyperscale and enterprise SSD markets,” said VP S.H. Choi, head of NAND the Product Planning Office in SK hynix.

“As a leading NAND Flash memory vendor, Toshiba is constantly evolving its technology to achieve high performance and high reliability for SSDs,” said Shigeo (Jeff) Ohshima, technology executive, Flash Storage System, Semiconductor and Storage Products Company, Toshiba Corporation. “Our tight relationship with PMC and PMC’s PCIe SSD controllers provide the optimal solutions for each SSD vendor to satisfy these high requirements.”

Industry Analysts

“Social media, databases and big data are driving data centers to deploy PCIe to take advantage of its high-performance and low-latency benefits,” said Tom Coughlin, Founder, Coughlin Associates. “PMC’s Switchtec PSX storage switches should advance the ability of the industry to solve scalability and resiliency challenges and enable mass deployment of PCIe to serve end-user needs.”

“The industry continues to look for high performance solutions to drive broader flash deployments across the data center,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research director at IDC. “By enabling the use of lower-cost NAND, along with high capacity and reliability, solutions such as PMC’s Flashtec controllers are key to the continued growth of 33 percent CAGR from 2013 to 2018 of enterprise solid state drive unit shipments.”

“PMC’s years of experience in SAS and SATA markets are evident in the advanced features provided for both Flashtec and Switchtec,” said Loring Wirbel, senior analyst at The Linley Group. “Flashtec’s flexibility and advanced LDPC engine makes the architecture a leader in NVMe support, poised to displace SATA designs. Switchtec, based on an advanced architecture, offers the kind of advanced features for PCIe storage switching that are required in today’s data centers.”

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