Realtek's new SSD controller hits 14 GB/s and 2.5M IOPS

From Tom's Hardware: Even among those who follow the PC industry closely, few people know that in addition to various multimedia and network chips, Realtek also has SSD controllers in its product lineup. That's because for now the company's portfolio only includes modest entry-level RTS5766DL and RTS5772DL controllers. But at Computex 2024 the company introduced quite an amitious SSD roadmap that includes a very high-end RTS5783 controller with a PCIe Gen5 x4 interface.

The highlight of Realtek's roadmap is the RTS5782, a high-end controller set to significantly elevate the company's position in the market for SSD controllers. The RTS5782 features eight NAND channels supporting memory with a 3,600 MT/s interface speed, with support for 4K LDPC ECC mechanisms, and even an LPDDR4X cache. This controller aims for top-tier performance, with a sequential read speed of up to 14,000 MB/s, a sequential write speed of up to 12,000 MB/s, and 2.5 million 4K random read/write IOPS. Currently, the controller is in the planning stage, its release date remains undetermined.

Before the RTS5782 hits the market sometime in 2026 – 2027, the company will offer yet another PCIe Gen4 x4 controller and its first PCIe Gen5 x4 controller, both aimed at entry-level drives.

Realtek's RTS5776DL, a PCIe Gen4 x4 controller designed for lower-end SSDs, is in development now. This one will have four NAND channels and support 3D NAND with a 3,600 MT/s interface, achieving up to 7,400 MB/s sequential read/write speeds and up to 1.2 million 4K random read/write IOPS. Engineering samples are expected in Q4 2024.

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