NVM Express optimized by LSI to unlock performance and scalability benefits of PCIe flash devices for enterprise and client computing systems

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., September 10, 2013 – LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) today announced it is demonstrating its NVM Express (NVMe) solution for next-generation LSI® SandForce® flash controllers at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) taking place this week at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

NVMe is an optimized, high-performance, scalable host controller interface with a streamlined register interface and command set designed for enterprise and client systems using PCI Express (PCIe®)-based flash devices. Architected for performance, NVMe lowers latency, delivers higher IOPS, reduces power consumption and is scalable from client to enterprise platforms.

“Personal computing platforms, big data applications and hyperscale web and cloud datacenters are driving IT adoption of PCIe flash devices to optimize the user experience and contend with faster and more efficient access to massive amounts of data,” said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. “LSI’s host NVMe driver expertise and flash controller leadership is the ideal combination to enable industry-wide, volume adoption of PCIe flash storage.”

“Flash controllers are the intelligence that manages flash memory in SSDs and are critical to delivering the performance, quality and reliability required to dramatically improve user experience for client and server applications,” said Jim Pappas, Director of Technology Initiatives, Intel Corporation. “LSI has been a key contributor to the development of the NVMe specification and standard drivers that will help to unleash the full potential of PCIe SSDs and pave the way for broader industry adoption.”

The LSI SandForce NVMe solution consists of standard drivers, target silicon and a full implementation of the protocol. The technology demonstration will use a test program to show a host device sending NVMe commands across a PCIe bus to LSI SandForce target silicon. The demo is a significant milestone toward achieving NVMe host driver and target controller optimization and validation.

LSI is a Promoter member of the NVMe Working Group, and a major contributor to the NVMe specification and the Open Fabrics Alliance (OFA) NVMe driver for Windows.

Technology demonstrations of the LSI NVMe solution will be on display in booth #731 in the NVMe Community. LSI will also demonstrate 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID® performance at IDF in LSI booth #614. LSI 12Gb/s SAS technology will also be on display in the Supermicro booth (#500), Xyratex booth (#833) and SCSI Trade Association booth (#617).

More information on LSI SandForce flash controllers is available at www.lsi.com/sandforce. For more information on the complete LSI SAS portfolio, visit www.lsi.com/sas

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LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters, mobile networks and client computing. Our technology is the intelligence critical to enhanced application performance, and is applied in solutions created in collaboration with our partners. More information is available at www.lsi.com. Connect with LSI via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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