In the past month, three SSD controller designers have announced new enterprise NVMe SSD controllers, bringing a wave of new competition to the high-end enterprise/datacenter SSD market. FADU is a relative newcomer to the market, having only released one previous SSD controller. Silicon Motion and Phison are both very familiar competitors, but they have been most successful with their client/consumer SSD controllers; they have been stepping up their enterprise controller efforts in recent years, but gaining ground in that market has been a slow process. All three companies are now touting a new generation of enterprise NVMe SSD controllers that are more modern and mature. The three companies are poised to compete not just against each other, but against companies like Microchip/Microsemi and Marvell, who...

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