PMC 12Gb/s SAS Flash Manager (SFM-12G) (Graphic: Business Wire)

PMC® (NASDAQ:PMCS), the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced its 12Gb/s SAS flash manager (SFM-12G) for the next wave of enterprise solid state drives (SSDs). With this introduction, PMC has delivered the industry’s first end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS solution, from the protocol controller to the SSD controller (see figure 1). PMC’s SFM-12G enables more than 300,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) in a 2.5” SAS SSD, more than double the performance of today’s 6Gb/s SAS SSDs. When paired with the industry’s highest-performing protocol controller, PMC’s SPCv 12G, cloud server and big data storage manufacturers can deliver a stunning 2.4 million IOPS in an eight-drive, enterprise-class flash subsystem.

“Flash enables a 100x improvement in storage performance, and 12Gb/s SAS is key to unlocking the potential of this disruptive technology,” said Derek Dicker, vice president of marketing for PMC’s Enterprise Storage Division. “PMC’s 12Gb/s SAS flash manager provides the performance to unleash the real power of flash, with the added cost benefit of using MLC NAND in enterprise-class SSDs.”

The SFM-12G combines PMC’s proven 12Gb/s SAS technology with the industry’s lowest latency and innovative maxLIFE™ adaptive error correction, enabling storage equipment and drive manufacturers to deliver true enterprise-class SSDs. Historically, SSD controllers had to trade off latency, a key benefit of NAND, against life expectancy, a key requirement for enterprise systems. PMC’s maxLIFE technology solves this dilemma by extending the usable life of SSDs and maintaining the lowest error-correction latency over the life of the drive. This new technology allows OEMs to take advantage of the substantial economic benefits of MLC flash without compromising enterprise-class durability.

“Solid State storage is a disruptive technology that has already begun to transform the enterprise, and this is opening up opportunities for companies like PMC,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research director for Solid State Storage at IDC. “Advanced controller technology, such as PMC’s PM8304 SFM-12G, that provides the endurance, reliability and performance required by OEMs, is well positioned to capitalize on the more than 90% compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2016 of SAS SSDs that IDC expects.”

12Gb/s SAS Flash Manager

PMC’s PM8304 SFM-12G was designed for the same enterprise requirements as other PMC storage products, including end-to-end overlapping data protection within the device. It incorporates two 12G ports and is optimized for the most complex 24/7 read-and-write-intensive environments. The device integrates a robust set of features, including wear leveling, garbage collection, flash scrubbing, power-loss data protection, and advanced error handling and statistics.


PMC’s SFM-12G is sampling later this quarter. For more information, including datasheets and pricing, visit

About PMC’s Server, Storage System and Flash Solutions

PMC is a leading provider of enterprise storage system solutions for networked and server storage applications, with a broad portfolio of Tachyon® SAS/SATA and Fibre Channel (FC) protocol controllers, RAID controllers, maxLIFE Flash managers, and maxSAS™ expander and FC disk interconnect products. Together, these products provide end-to-end semiconductor and software solutions to the industry’s leading storage OEMs and ODMs. For more information, visit

About PMC

PMC (NASDAQ:PMCS) is the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store digital content. Building on a track record of technology leadership, PMC is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. The company’s highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. For more information, visit Follow PMC on Twitter, LinkedIn and RSS.


Figure 1: Industry’s first end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS solution

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