We've been wondering what SSD controller designers at Indilinx have been up to, especially after being acquired by OCZ back in March. Now we know. OCZ has announced a new Indilinx SSD controller dubbed Everest.
This latest controller boasts dual ARM CPU cores, a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface, and eight NAND channels. ONFI 2.0 and Toggle DDR 1.0 flash are supported at speeds up to 200MT/s, and the controller can be paired with up to 512MB of 400MHz DDR3 cache memory. Solid-state drives based on Everest will be able to house up to 1TB worth of NAND. Naturally, TRIM support is also on the menu, as is background garbage collection, error correction, and power-loss protection.
The official press release is short on specifics when it comes to performance, but sequential transfer rates are reportedly in the neighborhood of 500MB/s. OCZ notes that Everest has been optimized for the 8KB page size being used in next-gen NAND. It'll work with TLC flash that squeezes in three bits per memory cell, too. MLC NAND typically has only two bits per cell.
Surprisingly, there's no mention of SSDs based on the new controller. OCZ says Everest is now available to OEMs for validation, and it must be doing some further testing of its own.