Phison

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Phison Electronic Corporation
Public
Traded asGTSM: 8299
IndustrySolid-state drives
FoundedNovember 2000
Headquarters,
Key people
Khein-Seng Pua (Board Chairman, CEO)
Aw Yong Chee Kong (President)
Productsflash memory controllers
Websitewww.phison.com

Phison Electronics Corporation was established in November 2000 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Starting with the world's first single-chip USB flash drive IC, Phison is now the market leader in NAND Flash controllers and the private label manufacture of NAND storage devices with USB, SD, eMMC, PATA, SATA, PCIe and UFS interfaces. Annually the company ships over 600 million controllers worldwide and has topped US $1.5 billion dollars in sales revenue. As a NAND flash total solution provider, Phison also offers custom ASIC design and OEM/ODM services for partners.[1]

Phison has over 2000 employees and with the majority focused on engineering. The company strives to accelerate the adoption of NAND Flash technology across multiple industries and is a founder of Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) group as well as holding board seats on the SD and UFS Associations.

Phison’s competitive engineering and R&D teams have brought several products to market before competitors. This includes the first USB flash removable disk dubbed “Pen Drive”, in May 2001. Another industry first came in 2018 with the introduction of the PS5016-E16, the world’s first PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD.[2]

In August 2019, Phison announced that they would be releasing PS-50 series chips that are designed to support PCIe 4.0 NVMe Solid State Drives. With such technology, the chips built on the NVMe SSDs have read and write speed of up to 7,000 MBs per second.[3]

Company Milestones[edit]

Year Milestones
2000 -         Phison is founded.  Worlds 1st SoC USB Flash Controller
2004 -         IPO in Taiwan

-         Phison ships SD/MMC Flash Cards

2008 -         Industrial NAND solutions begin mass production
2010 -         Phison ranks 65th in BusinessWeek’s “The Tech 100”

-         Phison wins its first Ultrabook SSD design-in

2012 -         Phison cumulative shipments more than 600 million

-         Phison wins first Smartphone design-in with a first tier customer

2014 -         Phison ships microSSDs for the first time

-         Phison wins its first design-ins into PC Servers

2015 -         Phison eMMC products achieve 800M cumulative shipments

-         PCIe PS5007: Phison wins Best of Client SSD Award

2017 -         Phison announces the world’s fastest UFS 2.1 2-lane controller
2018 -         Phison announces the world’s highest capacity microSD 512GB and SD 1TB flash cards

-         Phison’s Industrial 3D NAND solutions enter mass production

2019 -         AMD and Phison announce support for the world’s first PCIe Gen 4x4 SSDs

-         Phison announces QLC NAND support for Client SSDs

2020 -         Enmotus announces partnership with Phison on QLC SSD Solutions

-         Phison demonstrates 16TB 2.5” SATA and 8TB M.2 NVMe SSD Solutions

-         SONY announces joint venture partnership with Phison on Nexstorage

Annual Revenue[edit]

Year Revenue USD Millions
2003 $74
2004 $119
2005 $192
2006 $378
2007 $630
2008 $575
2009 $750
2010 $1,007
2011 $1,100
2012 $1,118
2013 $1,085
2014 $1,093
2015 $1,173
2016 $1,360
2017 $1,377
2018 $1,335
2019 $1,447

Office Locations[edit]

Phison’s headquarters is located in Miaoli, Taiwan. The company has branch locations in San Jose, California, Penang, Malaysia, Shenzhen, China, Hefei, China, and Tokyo, Japan. Phison also maintains several sales offices around the globe.[4]  

Products[edit]

Phison’s SSD product line divides into two groups consisting of SATA and NVMe over PCI Express.

The latest additions to the PCIe side include the E19T and E18[5], both utilizing the PCIe Gen4 specification. These follow the PS5016-E16[6], also known as the world’s first PCIe Gen4 SSD controller.

Prior to the E16, Phison also released the E13, E12[7], and E7[8] Series NVMe controllers utilizing the PCI Express Gen3 bus.

The company has a longer history of products utilizing the SATA bus. The most recent roadmaps show the S17T. This is the successor to the S13T[9] and S11T. The S10[10] flagship controller dates back to 2014 and has proven to be a resilient controller.  Its product life has spanned several generations of flash memory. Prior to the S10, Phison released the S8[11] and S6 Series products through partners.  

In 2019, Phison added design wins in the competitive DC (data center) product categories with the PS5012-E12DC and PS3112-S12DC. Major partners include Seagate[12] and Kingston[13] with both bringing DC products to market with Phison controllers.



References[edit]

  1. ^ Phison, Electronics (2020-08-20). "About Us". Phison.
  2. ^ "Phison PS5016-E16 PCIe 4.0 SSD First Look Preview". TweakTown. 2019-06-18. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  3. ^ "Phison's next-gen SSD controller will boost NVMe SSD speeds even higher". KitGuru. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Report, Phison (2020-08-19). "2018 Corporate Sustainability Report" (PDF). Phison. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-08-19. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  5. ^ Tallis, Anton Shilov, Billy. "Phison Previews Next-Gen PCIe 4.0 SSD Controllers: Up to 7 GB/s, NVMe 1.4". www.anandtech.com. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  6. ^ June 2019, Sean Webster 14. "PCIe 4.0 SSD Exclusive: Testing Phison's PS5016-E16 NVMe Controller". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  7. ^ Tallis, Billy. "The Phison E12 Reference Design Preview: A Next-Gen NVMe SSD Controller". www.anandtech.com. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  8. ^ "Phison E7 NVMe PCIe FW 2.1 SSD Performance Preview". TweakTown. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  9. ^ Shilov, Anton. "Phison Demonstrates Turnkey SSDs Based on 3D QLC NAND". www.anandtech.com. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  10. ^ "Phison S10 Quad-Core Performance SSD Controller Preview". TweakTown. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  11. ^ "MyDigitalSSD BP3 512GB SATA III Solid State Drive (Phison S8 Exclusive) Preview". TweakTown. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  12. ^ March 2020, Sean Webster 18. "Seagate's IronWolf 510 is the World's First Purpose-Built NVMe SSD for NAS". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  13. ^ "Kingston DC500M 3.84TB SSD Review". KitGuru. Retrieved 2020-08-20.

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