IDT is quite a big company. Relatively less known to the usual PC user, we would like to remind our readers that IDT once competed with AMD, Cyrix, Nat Semi and Intel for the desktop computer market and now they’ve just bought PLX, the maker of the famous PCIe bridge chips on AMD’s dual GPU cards.
An American company with a history of more than three decades, IDT is now using its serious resources and talented semiconductor design teams to charge the performance and enterprise SSD market.
Having all the necessary technology to build an SoC that is a multi-channel SSD controller and an SSD to PCIe bridge at the same time, the company is now attempting to byte a serious slice of the performance and enterprise PCIe SSD market.
This is relatively a young market in great demand of competition, and there really aren’t so many competitors present. Therefore, it’s clear why IDT is investing such serious efforts to develop powerful and well-standardized devices.
The fastest PCIe SSD was made by Texas Memory Systems and we reported on that here
, but the 34-year old company was just snatched by IBM.
There are only two other serious independent PCIe enterprise SSD makers left on the market right now; Fusion-io and OCZ, but as we’ve reported here
, Seagate is eyeing one of them.
There is also LSI, but this seems too much of a large company to be easily snatched by one of the big players and also Intel has recently started dabbling into PCIe SSDs.
Even so, a nice market with huge margins being populated by less than five manufacturers is a perfect opportunity for a company like IDT.
Therefore, the company is very serious about the new NVMe 1.0 standard and has reportedly
shown two powerful PCIe SSDs based on its new controllers that adhere to the NVMe 1.0 specifications.
NVMe 1.0 is short for NVM Express and that would be defined as “Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification.”
Basically, NVM Express is a unified standard for the PCIe SSD cards that will make them perfectly compatible with each other, just like all the HDDs and SSDs are.
IDT has shown two NVM Express PCIe SSD controllers. One has 16 NAND
channels and the other has an amazing 32 channels, but the company is not interested in making its own cards.
IDT is hoping for a future where it will have AIBs just like AMD or Nvidia that will build cards using its NVM Express controllers.