ALISO VIEJO, Calif., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation ( Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the first interoperability validation between its Switchtec PAX advanced fabric Gen3 PCIe switch and Samsung Electronics' PM1725a single-root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV) drive, enabling development of SR-IOV-capable NVMe drives with an advanced fabric switch. This unique collaboration between Microsemi and Samsung allows storage customers in the data center and enterprise markets to virtualize end points, optimize performance and reduce costs.
"Extensive interoperability testing between Samsung and Microsemi attests to the success of a far-reaching collaboration, through which we are able to bring to market the first validated SR-IOV-capable NVMe drives with an advanced fabric switch," said Pete Hazen, vice president and business unit manager of data center storage solutions at Microsemi. "As hyperconverged systems are evolving toward composable and disaggregated infrastructures, such as rack scale design, our jointly developed technology solution helps customers meet the rapidly changing demands for increased resources and the greater storage capacity associated with next-generation applications."
The companies' combined storage solution of the Switchtec PCIe fabric and SR-IOV enabled solid state drives (SSDs) enables system builders and hyperscale data center operators to dynamically optimize the storage subsystem to efficiently meet the changing workloads placed upon them. The collaboration offers low latency and an exceptionally cost-effective solution to the disaggregation of computing and storage resources.
"With enterprise and cloud storage requirements evolving rapidly, we will see many data centers and enterprises optimizing their storage resources using enhanced solutions and technologies," said Jim Elliott, senior corporate vice president, memory sales and marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "By combining an array of our leading SSD technology with Microsemi's, we will be able to deliver NVMe drives and system solutions with higher density and performance for advanced fabric PCIe switches, allowing customers to virtualize their storage drives in the same way they have already virtualized server usage."
In virtualization, the SR-IOV specification allows the isolation of PCI Express resources for manageability and performance. SR-IOV offers a variety of virtual functions for most components on a physical server machine, and allows a number of virtual machines to share a single PCIe hardware interface. This significantly reduces time to market and storage costs, and simplifies system development.
SR-IOV is part of the greater composable/disaggregated market. According to market research firm IDC's February report titled, "Composable/Disaggregated Infrastructure (C/DI)—Addressable Market Opportunity," the total worldwide addressable opportunity for vendors with C/DI was $34.5 billion in 2017. The firm expects this opportunity will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4 percent to reach $45 billion in 2020. Microsemi's Switchtec PAX advanced fabric PCIe switch is well-aligned with these growth trends, so data centers can leverage the device for the development of next-generation C/DIs.
Microsemi's Switchtec PAX family includes switches from 24 lanes to 96 lanes, providing:
- Software development kit (SDK) for virtualization of other SR-IOV endpoints, and for enclosure management
- High port density, with up to 48 ports
- Error containment for surprise-plug and unplug to prevent system crashes
- Advanced diagnostics and debug features to identify, diagnose and fix problems
- Separate Refclk Independent SSC (SRIS) for cabled PCIe and lower cost system designs
Collaboration with Samsung Enabled by Microsemi's Accelerate Ecosystem
Samsung's collaboration with Microsemi is part of Microsemi's Accelerate Ecosystem. The ecosystem facilitates collaboration between Microsemi and leading firms in the semiconductor integrated circuit (IC), intellectual property (IP), systems, software, tools and design spaces to integrate, test and deliver pre-validated designs and system-level solutions for end customers in Microsemi's key vertical markets—aerospace and defense, data center, communications and industrial. The Accelerate Ecosystem is designed to reduce time-to-market for end customers and time-to-revenue for Microsemi and ecosystem members via technology alignment, joint marketing and sales acceleration. Learn more at https://www.microsemi.com/product-directory/partners/4325-accelerate-ecosystem-partners and https://www.microsemi.com/existing-parts/parts/144096.
Microsemi's Switchtec PAX advanced fabric PCIe switches are sampling now. For more information, visit https://www.microsemi.com/product-directory/storage-ics/4017-switchtec-pcie-advanced-fabric-switches or contact [email protected].
About Microsemi's PCI Express Product Portfolio
Microsemi is a premier supplier of high value-add PCIe products including the scalable, low power, high-reliability PFX family of PCIe Gen3 fanout switches, the programmable PSX family of PCIe Gen3 storage switches, the PAX family of PCI Gen 3 advanced fabric switches and the low power, multi-protocol, adaptive EQNOX™ family of signal conditioners with FlexEQ™ equalization technology supporting PCIe Gen3 and PCIe Gen2. Microsemi's PCIe family is key to building low power and high-reliability data center, communications, defense and industrial servers; workstations; switches; routers; cellular infrastructure and test equipment. For more information about Microsemi's PCIe portfolio, visit https://www.microsemi.com/product-directory/storage/4346-pcie-gen3-switches.
About Microsemi's Product Portfolio for Data Center
Microsemi is a premier supplier of innovative semiconductor, board, system, software and services for enterprise and hyperscale data centers, enabling high performance, secure, low power and reliable infrastructure for scalable deployments. Microsemi technologies drive innovation in applications including storage systems, server storage, NVMe solutions, Ethernet switching, rack scale architecture, data center interconnect, board management, network timing and power subsystems. Building on a track record of technology leadership, Microsemi's data center infrastructure portfolio is transforming networks that connect, store and move big data, while lowering the total cost of ownership of deploying next generation services.
The portfolio includes high performance NVMe storage controllers, NVRAM drives, SAS/SATA host bus adapters and RAID controllers enabling high capacity storage architectures, high density PCIe switching and firmware for rack scale architectures, PCIe re-drivers, and Ethernet PHYs for intra-rack connectivity. Microsemi's product portfolio also includes clock and power management, IEEE1588 integrated circuits (ICs) and NTP servers for synchronization across the data center, as well as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs to perform secure system management of servers and storage. For more information, visit http://www.microsemi.com/applications/data-center.
Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.
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