Storage Processors

A flexible, efficient and reliable alternative supporting multiple applications, topologies and use cases


The ARMADA SP (Storage Processor) was designed to address rapidly growing storage market with aggressive demands for high density, low power and exceptional efficiency. With a unique set of integrated technologies that reduce energy consumption, increase density and improve efficiency, while simplifying operations and maintenance enabling high-capacity/high-performance systems for storing data at reduced TCO, the ARMADA SP device is a flexible, efficient and reliable alternative supporting multiple applications, topologies and use cases. The abundant mix of hardware features in ARMADA Storage Processor provides the ideal solution for rapid development of high-efficiency and high-density storage solutions for the Enterprise and Data Center markets.

Key Features

Quad-core Marvell PJ4C ARMv7-MP CPU @ 1.2GHz

  • High-bandwidth, low-latency coherency fabric
  • SMP and AMP support
  • Integrated 32KB L1 I-Cache and 32KB D-Cache per CPU core
  • 1MB unified shared L2 Cache
  • Floating Point Unit (VFPv3-D16/D32) – IEEE 754 compliant

Two DDR Controllers DDR3/L-1600

  • Primary DDR controller supports 32/64bit + ECC
  • Optional DDR controller supports 32bit + ECC
  • Support UDIMM, RDIMM, and LRDIMM
  • Intelligent scheduling algorithm to improve utilization while providing low access latency
  • Up to eight outstanding DDR commands and critical-word-first with 32-bye cache line reads

PCIe 3.0

  • Two fully independent x8 PCIe 3.0 ports
  • Each x8 PCIe port can be bifurcated into two x4 that can be independently configured as EP or RC
  • SR-IOV (32VF)
  • MSI/MSI-X in RC and EP modes


  • Eight SAS/SATA ports
  • SAS 2.0 compliant
    • Support SAS Wide ports, up to four-wide
    • Serial SCSI Protocol (SSP), SAS Management (SMP), and Serial ATA Tunneling Protocol (STP)
    • T10 Protection Information Model
    • 4K Concurrent I/O (2K per quad port)
  • SATA 3.0 compliant
    • Support ATA and ATAPI commands
    • Native Command Queue (NCQ)
    • Support Port Multipliers

Two high-bandwidth XOR engines

  • RAID 5 and RAID 6
  • SGL and PRD formats
  • CRC32 generation and checking
  • Generate up to three CS concurrently (incl. any combination of P and Q)


  • Two SFF-8485-complient SGPIO ports
  • Three I2C controllers
  • Two UART ports
  • 8/16-bit Device Bus
  • FE Management Port


  • 27x27mm 1024 HFC FBGA
  • 0.8mm ball pitch

Comprehensive Development Tools

Marvell offers complete development platforms for the ARMADA SP device enabling customers to start system development without waiting for their own hardware. Complete reference design platforms include software drivers and board support packages to help accelerate customer product development cycles.