Intel has introduced PCI-E 5.0 on the 12th-generation Core, and AMD will also join the next-generation Ryzen 7000
series and will provide the M.2 interface of PCI-E 5.0, so it is time for SSD manufacturers to prepare for a new generation of SSD solution. Recently, Phison showcases
the PS5026-E26 SSD controller sample.
Phison’s SSD sample using the E26 controller works on the ASUS ROG X670E HERO motherboard. This SSD uses Micron’s 3D TLC flash memory with a capacity of 1TB. Its continuous read speed reaches 12.5GB/s, and its continuous write speed is 10GB/s. At present, the speed of PCI-E 4.0 is at most 7.5GB/s. The improvement is quite obvious.
Interestingly, this sample displayed by Phison did not have any radiator installed. Previously, the E16 and E18 of PCI-E 4.0 generated a lot of heat and basically needed a radiator to work. I don’t know if the E26 really reduces the heat generation and does not require a radiator. The E26 main control uses two ARM Cortex-R5 cores and three dedicated CoXProcessor 2.0 accelerators, which are produced by TSMC’s 12nm process.
SSDs using the Phison E26 controller are expected to be available later this year, and it is presumed that they will be synchronized with AMD’s new generation platform.