On the CES, Mushkin introduced the same old road map replace describing the following SSDs they may launch. There are not any large surprises: a number of the merchandise have already been talked about and all observe the final sample of a producer primarily based on Silicon Movement's reference designs. For a similar cause, Mushkin's plans additionally present perception into what we will anticipate from a number of different manufacturers who’re additionally dependable companions for Silicon Movement.
Mushkin's flagship SSD for 2019 would be the Pilot E M.2 NVMe changing the pilot. It is a transition from the Silicon Movement SM2262 controller to the SM2262EN, a transition that ADATA and HP have already made with the SX8200 Professional and the EX950 . We previewed the SM2262EN controller final yr and can obtain our first evaluate of a last product later this month. Final yr's SM2262 drives had been the clear winners within the high-end SSD product phase, which generally competed with top-of-the-line drives such because the Samsung 970 EVO. Nonetheless, costs had been low sufficient to wreck most makes an attempt to launch their very own entry-level NVMe phase. The Pilot-E nonetheless makes use of the identical Micron 64-layer 3D TLC NAND as the unique Pilot, so all efficiency enhancements are attributable to controller and firmware adjustments.
The Mushkin Helix-L was introduced final yr however by no means hit the market. The specs are unchanged: It’s a low-end NVMe SSD with the DRAMless Silicon Movement SM2263XT controller, which makes use of the NVMe host storage buffer operate. Silicon Movement's low-end NVMe controllers are considerably out of the peculiar, as they nonetheless have 4 PCIe lanes as a substitute of simply two, however the peak efficiency for sequential entry isn’t anticipated to succeed in 2 GB / s.
Essentially the most attention-grabbing drive is the brand new Supply 2 SATA SSD for inexperienced persons. We discovered the Mushkin Supply for an honest DRAM-free SATA SSD (topic to the same old efficiency necessities for this product phase), and it’s typically very cheap. Supply 2 is upgraded to Micron's 96-layer 3D TLC and the Silicon Movement SM2259XT controller. The NAND flash improve was definitely on the roadmaps this yr, however Mushkin plans to start delivery within the second quarter of 2019, which is a bit sooner than we anticipated. Toshiba launched the 96-layer transition with XG6 final yr, however has carried out nothing to carry 96L Flash to the end-user SSD market and the most effective we've heard from its companions , is to await merchandise on the Web within the second half of the yr 2019. Samsung introduced its 96L Transition Plan with a 970 EVO Plus, however didn’t present an in depth timeline. Intel and Micron had been fairly quiet, however primarily based on Mushkin's plans, it appears to be like like many Micron-based drives are prone to swap from Toshiba's opponents to 96L NAND.
Altering to the SM2259XT controller is considerably surprising. The one drive we encountered on the SM2259 is the Intel 545s . With the DRAMless -XT model we didn’t come throughout anything. Most producers appear to see the SM2259 (XT) as much less of a bonus over the SM2258 (XT), as improved error correction and constant information path safety for client drives will not be essentially thought-about important and extra prone to improve the variety of arduous drives Attractiveness of the controller for information middle purposes. Mushkin's resolution to improve to the SM2259XT for a low-cost arduous drive, corresponding to Supply 2, reveals that it prices not more than the SM2258XT.