Thursday, February 20th 2020

KIOXIA First to Deliver Enterprise and Data Center PCIe 4.0 U.3 SSDs

The PCI Express 4.0 specification was designed to double the performance of server and storage systems, pushing speeds up to 16.0 gigatransfers per second (GT/s) or 2 gigabits per second (Gb/s) throughput per lane, and driving new performance levels for cloud and enterprise applications. Today, KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.) announced that its lineup of CM6 and CD6 Series PCIe 4.0 NVM Express (NVMe ) enterprise and data center solid state drives (SSDs) are now shipping to customers.

An established leader in developing PCIe and NVMe SSDs, KIOXIA delivers never-before-seen performance. KIOXIA was the first company to publicly demonstrate PCIe 4.0 SSDs and is now the first to ship these next-generation drives. The CM6 and CD6 Series SSDs are compliant to the latest NVMe specification, and include key features such as in-band NVMe-MI, persistent event log, namespace granularity, and shared stream writes. Additionally, both drives are SFF-TA-1001 conformant (also known as U.3), which allows them to be used in tri-mode enabled backplanes, which can accept SAS, SATA or NVMe SSDs.
"AMD is leading the PCIe 4.0 charge with AMD EPYC, which is poised to bring in a new era of compute, graphics, networking, and storage in the data center," said Raghu Nambiar, corporate vice president, Datacenter Ecosystems & Application Engineering, AMD. "We are pleased to work with KIOXIA and their PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs demonstrating industry leading performance and TCO while creating new application value for our customers."

"A new wave of storage technology is coming with the introduction of PCIe 4.0 devices that will bring next-generation performance to enterprise and hyperscale data centers," said Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president at IDC. "SSDs, such as KIOXIA's CM6 and CD6 Series, will help enable customers' transitions to PCIe 4.0 and grow PCIe SSD unit shipments to over 50% of the enterprise market."

CM6 Series Enterprise NVMe SSDs
Dual-ported for high-availability, KIOXIA's CM6 Series of PCIe Gen4 (1x4, 2x2) and NVMe Enterprise SSDs delivers best-in-class sequential and random performance of up to 6.9 GB/s and up to 1.4M IOPS (input/output operations per second)2. These represent bandwidth improvements of up to 2x over its PCIe Gen3 predecessors and are 12x faster than typical SATA drives. Designed for enterprise applications and use cases - including high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, caching layer, financial trading, and data analytics - the CM6 Series is available in capacities from 800 GB to 30.72 terabytes (TB), with 50% more capacity and 23x the throughput, in only 27% of the space of the highest capacity hard disk drive.

CD6 Series Data Center NVMe SSDs
KIOXIA's CD6 Series of PCIe Gen4 (1x4) and NVMe data center SSDs are single-ported for servers, and targeted to large-scale data center deployments and general purpose applications, such as database, cloud computing, virtualized and containerized environments, web servers, and media streaming. Capacities from 960 GB to 15.36 TB, with 1.0M IOPS and 6.2 GB/s throughput are available.

Both the CM6 and CD6 Series include a broad range of security and encryption options, including Self-Encryption (SED) and FIPS, and are on the UNH-IOL Integrator's list for NVMe 1.4 device compatibility. The CM6 has successfully passed PCI-SIG Workshop compliance.

"For more than a year, OEM customers have been providing cutting-edge storage performance to end-users thanks to KIOXIA's CM5 and CD5 Series NVMe SSDs," noted Alvaro Toledo, vice president of SSD marketing and product planning at KIOXIA America, Inc. "We're continuing our commitment to lead in the NVMe space by delivering the fastest available 2.5-inch4 PCIe 4.0 SSD solutions."
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1 Comment on KIOXIA First to Deliver Enterprise and Data Center PCIe 4.0 U.3 SSDs

Kioxia doesn't seem to be offering anything exciting here but I always keep an eye on them since they have all of Toshiba's NAND design IP and Toshiba inherited Indilinx, the first alternative SSD to Intel that actually worked.

It's anyone's guess as to whether there are still Indilinx design engineers working at Kioxia but however it's labelled and branded, they were a smart bunch.
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