Tuesday, October 8th 2013

Silicon Motion Introduces the SM3267 High-Performance USB 3.0 Controller

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that it has begun sampling its new, single-channel, ultra high performance and cost-effective controller solution for USB 3.0 flash drives, the SM3267. By integrating an embedded crystal oscillator and all power ICs, SM3267 reduces the customers' overall system cost. In addition, SM3267 delivers an industry-leading data transfer rate of up to 160 MB/s read, a 30% to 50% improvement from most single-channel USB 3.0 flash drive controllers in the market today.

"We are very excited to introduce SM3267, our first crystal-less USB 3.0 solution with integrated power ICs," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "SM3267 offers superior performance with competitive cost when compared to other USB 3.0 controllers in the market, and we believe our solution will help accelerate the market in transitioning from legacy USB 2.0 flash drives to the latest generation USB 3.0 drives. This is another example of Silicon Motion leading the market in bringing new, advanced technology to the mainstream market. We are pleased to announce that SM3267 has received design-ins from most of our current USB controller customers, including many top-tier OEMs, and we expect SM3267-based USB 3.0 flash drives will be commercially available starting in the fourth quarter of 2013."
Silicon Motion's SM3267 provides an ultra-high performance, cost-effective USB 3.0 controller with industry leading capabilities and technologies including:
  • High-speed data transfer rates of up to 160 MB/s read and 60 MB/s write
  • Integrated crystal and power ICs, including a 5V to 3.3V LDO and a 5V to 1.2V DC-DC, allows for 25-30% lower USB flash drive device temperature compared with other USB 3.0 flash controller products in the market.
  • Lower total BOM costs by up to 15 to 20% by eliminating the crystal oscillator and power ICs
  • Supports the vast majority of NAND flash, including 2y/1x/1y nm TLC, MLC, high speed Toggle, and ONFI DDR NAND manufactured by Samsung, Toshiba, SanDisk, SK Hynix, Micron and Intel
  • Passed both USB-IF compliance testing and WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) tests for Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Available in Chip-on-Board (COB) and in a 48-pin QFN green package with manufacturing-ready turnkey solutions designed to fit mainstream USB 2.0 flash drive modules.
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2 Comments on Silicon Motion Introduces the SM3267 High-Performance USB 3.0 Controller

I love seeing this, I'm a flash drive junkie, and the market has been stale for too long. Most companies are still releasing new USB 2.0 designs along with a few SLOW USB 3.0 drives for over $1/GB. 3.0 has been out since 2008, why are they still using 2.0 in applications (like storage) that are starving for more bandwidth? There must be a lot of low quality NAND chips being culled that can't support 3.0 bandwidth, so instead of tossing them they make crappy 2.0 thumb drives out of them.
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maybe the good ones are sold as ssd's

good thing it uses no crytsal less on the average price and lower "bom" cost for manufacturing
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