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Phison's new PCIe 5.0 chip ushers in the new age of super fast SSD storage

A Phison SSD controller
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A new SSD standard is coming, and it's going to be lightning fast. Helping usher us into the new age of super fast SSDs, Phison just came out with an announcement that its first PCIe 5.0 customised SSD controller is in the works, and should be in mass production by 2022.

The news (via BenchLife) puts more weight into the notion that PCIe 5.0 is expected to arrive next year some time—as long as supply chain issues don't have too much of a negative impact—though we were hoping for the new standard to hit around the same time as Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs.

Either way, with Phison grinding away at these upcoming controllers, and Kioxia's recent PCIe 5.0 prototype teasing us with 14,000MB/s sequential read and 7,000MB/s sequential write speeds, we're staring down yet more nails in the coffin for our current best PCIe 4.0 SSDs.

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Phison's new controller, named PS5026-E26, will retain a 12nm semiconductor process, and combines ARM R5 processor and CoXProcessor 2.0 architecture. It will be compatible with M.2, U.3, E1.S, and E3.S products, among others, so next-gen motherboards are edging ever closer to our grasp.

There's still a little while to wait before the tech trickles down to consumers, but we may be totally wiped out by the time it gets to us, anyway—with companies like Samsung looking to copy the human mind onto an SSD, just imagine how much faster PCIe 5.0 SSDs will make the process. 

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Katie Wickens

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. She can often be found admiring AI advancements, sighing over semiconductors, or gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been obsessed with computers and graphics since she was small, and took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni. Her thirst for absurd Raspberry Pi projects will never be sated, and she will stop at nothing to spread internet safety awareness—down with the hackers.