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 (opens in new tab)) puts more weight into the notion that PCIe 5.0 is expected to arrive next year (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).

Either way, with Phison grinding away at these upcoming controllers, and Kioxia's recent PCIe 5.0 prototype (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).

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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), just imagine how much faster PCIe 5.0 SSDs will make the process. 

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Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.