Lite-On has quietly added its new high-end CA3 M.2 NVMe SSDs to its lineup. The brand new drives are based mostly on Toshiba’s 3D TLC NAND reminiscence, a Marvell controller, and are the quickest SSDs made by Lite-On thus far. The corporate will promote the CA3 NVMe M.2 drives primarily to OEMs and PC makers, whereas customers must wait till Plextor releases its M9Pe merchandise.

These new M.2 drives will use a Marvell controller that includes three Cortex R5 cores, eight NAND channels with four CE per channel (32 targets in whole) and helps Marvell’s third-gen ECC know-how based mostly on the LDPC algorithm. The Marvell 88SS1093/92 controllers are among the many highest-performing client SSD controllers thus far, so Lite-On’s selection for its high-end CA3 drives was apparent. Talking of efficiency, the producer guarantees as much as 2900 MB/s sequential learn pace and round 1200-1700 MB/s sequential write pace for the higher-end fashions when pSLC cache is used (the corporate individually mentions TLC write pace, see the desk under for particulars). As for random efficiency, we’re coping with drives able to as much as 380Ok/260Ok learn/write IOPS (1 TB model, others are slower). The facility consumption of the brand new Lite-On drives will likely be as much as eight W, which implies a reasonably excessive warmth dissipation and might not be appropriate for cellular units. 

Specs of Lite-On CA3 NVMe SSDs
 256 GB512 GB1 TB
Type IssueM.2-2280
ControllerMarvell 88SS1093
NANDToshiba's 3D TLC NAND, 64-layers, 256 Gb
InterfacePCIe x4
ProtocolNVMe 1.2
DRAMSure, capability unknown
Sequential Learn2100 MB/s2900 MB/s
Sequential Write pSLC600 MB/s1200 MB/s1700 MB/s
Sequential Write TLC200 MB/s400 MB/s800 MB/s
4KB Random Learn (QD32)150Ok IOPS260Ok IOPS380Ok IOPS
4KB Random Write (QD32)150Ok IOPS260Ok IOPS260Ok IOPS
MTBF1.5 million hours
Launch DateThis autumn 2017
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The Lite-On CA3 SSDs are rated for 1.5 million hours MTBF and include a three-year guarantee. For a lot of retail drives, such rankings and guarantee are thought-about low, however for OEMs they’re normal. Since Lite-On historically sells its SSDs primarily to varied PC makers (so they aren’t simple to seek out in retail), the corporate doesn’t formally announce MSRPs of its merchandise.

Despite the fact that the brand new Lite-On CA3 drives aren’t going to be broadly accessible in retail, the discharge implies that these are among the many first third-party SSDs based mostly on Toshiba’s 64-layer 256 Gb 3D TLC NAND flash reminiscence and are among the many first third-party drives to make use of it, which signifies that the producer has began to provide its companions (and we anticipate different makers of SSDs to observe with such NAND). Initially, Toshiba did say that the 256 Gb 3D TLC ICs have been SSD-grade, and it had to make use of them as a substitute of 512 Gb 3D TLC ICs to make sure most parallelism and excessive efficiency for its personal SSDs. Apparently, different makers can now do the identical. Secondly, since Lite-On sells its storage merchandise primarily to PC makers, plenty of methods are going to get moderately quick drives within the coming months. Thirdly, if Lite-On releases its OEM drives based mostly on Toshiba’s 3D NAND newest reminiscence, it could point out that the patron Plextor M9Pe is on observe (although, we have no idea when precisely it’s set to hit the market).

As famous above, Lite-On makes use of the Plextor model for client SSDs and the latter is gearing as much as launch its M9Pe drives within the coming months. Within the meantime, the highest-performing SSDs which are accessible from Lite-On/Plextor as of late are the M8Pe drives.

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  • The Plextor M8Pe (512GB) SSD Assessment
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