Saturday, January 7th 2017

Toshiba BG Series M.2 NVMe SSDs are Really Small

Toshiba showed off its new BG Series M.2 SSDs, which will grab your attention for being quite small. Measuring 16 mm x 20 mm, these drives are shorter than the shortest (30 mm) M.2 length standard. They still take advantage of the PCI-Express 3.0 x2 interface, and the NVMe protocol. At the heart of this drive is Toshiba's BiCS Flash, a multi-chip module that combines stacked TLC NAND flash memory with an SSD controller into one package. The drives come in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. Toshiba is also separately selling these drives as chip-only, to notebook manufacturers, so they can solder them directly onto the mainboards of their low-cost ultra-portable notebooks.
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16 Comments on Toshiba BG Series M.2 NVMe SSDs are Really Small

#1
Prima.Vera
Probably slow as hell also since their nr of flash chips is small.
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btarunr
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Prima.Vera said:
Probably slow as hell also since their nr of flash chips is small.
900-1200 MB/s.
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Prima.Vera
btarunr said:
900-1200 MB/s.
I'll take it back then. :)
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Prima.Vera
DeathtoGnomes said:
Johnny Mnemonic would be proud to own this!
His 160GB are laughable by today's standards :))
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#6
Chaitanya
Prima.Vera said:
Probably slow as hell also since their nr of flash chips is small.
Why so much hate for Flash???
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#7
alucasa
Chaitanya said:
Why so much hate for Flash???
He probably got burned by flashing by a girl. At least his avatars tells me so.

:p
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#8
JMccovery
Hmm, a small SSD like this for the OS, stuck away in the corner of the board like in the picture, leaving larger, PCI-E x4 M.2 slots for SSDs like the Samsung 960 series...
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Prima.Vera
Chaitanya said:
Why so much hate for Flash???
Was just a remark question, where did you get I was hating anything?? o.O
alucasa said:
He probably got burned by flashing by a girl. At least his avatars tells me so.
:p
Joke is on you since I AM a girl. Or a woman in any case...
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
btarunr said:
so they can solder them directly onto the mainboards of their low-cost ultra-portable notebooks.
Nothing you have said makes me think these will replace the flash memory used in low cost units. "low cost" and NVMe don't typically go together.
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FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
cdawall said:
"low cost" and NVMe don't typically go together.
This, so very this with M.2 on top (thick PCB which costs more to manufacture).

NVMe can do almost 4 GB read/write and because the shackles of SATA 6 Gb/s are removed with it (750 MB/s at the most, ~550 MB/s is more realistic), NVMe SSDs often get the cream of the crop in terms of chips.
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
FordGT90Concept said:
This, so very this with M.2 on top (thick PCB which costs more to manufacture).

NVMe can do almost 4 GB read/write and because the shackles of SATA 6 Gb/s are removed with it (750 MB/s at the most, ~550 MB/s is more realistic), NVMe SSDs often get the cream of the crop in terms of chips.
Yea the term low cost never comes into this market. They are perfectly happy using the crap eMMC stuff for the low cost market.
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#13
Blueberries
Samsung has already created an entire SoC this size so it's pretty boring really, I'm not even sure what use this is or who would benefit from it.
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#14
RejZoR
Prima.Vera said:
Probably slow as hell also since their nr of flash chips is small.
You have to realize Toshiba invented NAND flash memory. Usually people who invent things happen to also offer best performing solutions. For obvious reasons...
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#15
PowerPC
All I can think of is who names their product "BG"? You automatically alienate half of your customers who are gamers these days.
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#16
deemon
so when those are smaller than the smallest standard, how or where do you put them? or you just stick them to M.2 slot and leave them hanging? then thinking about it... you don't really need to secure so short board anyway...
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