by Anton Shilov
11/27/2012 | 09:42 PM
BitMicro has revealed its Talino two-tier architecture for enterprise-class solid-state storage devices, which will be the basis for the company’s upcoming maxIO line of I/O accelerators and solid state drives.
The company’s new architecture is powered with their Talino quad-core chip, which integrates embedded processors with a high speed multi-bus design to achieve maximum performance. A single Talino SSD controller can reach up to 400 000 random IOPS [input/output operations] at 4KB and can perform up to 4096 concurrent flash operations. To complete the architecture, the Talino controller connects with several of BitMicro’s new ISIP ASICs. The Talino ASIC packs in multiple high-performance buses specifically built for flash memory, XOR RAID, power management features, AES-XTS encryption, end-to-end protection information and full data path protection.
“One of the innovative attributes of the Talino architecture is its ‘building block’ design. A single Talino ASIC can connect to as many as 60 ISIP chips, each connecting to up to eight flash die. Multiple Talino ASICs can easily interconnect via a PCIe switch to create 1U, 2U and 3U complete storage systems with enormous capacities and blistering performance. These Talino-based storage systems can use 'off the shelf' front-end file systems that support FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, Ethernet and can also include volume management, virtualization and storage services software,” said Zophar Sante, vice president of marketing and sales.
The Talino ASIC sports eight 5Gb PCIe lanes, two SAS-6Gb/s ports and two Serial ATA-6Gb/s ports. With two ISIP embedded directly into the controller, Talino can even be integrated in a single-tier architecture while incorporating ISIP’s best features. ISIP itself includes hot plug support, RAID configuration support and powerful BCH error correction code. The chip supports Legacy, Toggle 1.0 and ONFI 2.3 flash in single, dual, quad and octal die packages.
BitMicro’s initial maxIO product line will use the Talino architecture and is expected to include PCIe, NVMe and SAS interfaces.
“The technology we put into our Talino architecture puts BitMicro far beyond what anyone else is doing with solid state storage. In terms of performance, scalability and reliability, there’s no other architecture that can match what Talino can deliver. And we will continue the innovation of Talino so it will remain cutting edge for years to come,” said Rey Bruce, chief executive officer of BitMicro.