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KIOXIA Introduces PCIe 4.0 Storage Class Memory SSDs

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Low latency, high endurance Storage Class Memory (SCM) is coming to KIOXIA SSDs. KIOXIA America, Inc. is now sampling its FL6 Series enterprise NVMe SCM SSDs. Featuring the KIOXIA SCM solution, XL-FLASH, the dual-port and PCIe 4.0-compliant KIOXIA FL6 Series SSDs bridge the gap between DRAM and TLC-based drives, making them well-suited to latency-sensitive use cases such as caching layer, tiering and write logging.

Based on KIOXIA's innovative BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory technology with 1-bit-per-cell SLC, XL-FLASH SCM brings low latency and high performance to data center and enterprise storage. While volatile memory solutions such as DRAM provide the access speed needed by demanding applications, it comes at a high cost. SCM addresses this by providing high density, lower cost non-volatile flash memory.



"Enterprise IT architects are always trying to accelerate data access and are now looking to storage class memory to deliver lower latency and higher performance than TLC-based flash storage to their applications," noted Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president, IDC. "NVMe SCM SSD solutions, such as the KIOXIA FL6 Series, will help fulfill the needs of this fast-growing market where spending is expected to increase tenfold by 2025 compared to today."

The FL6 Series performs well on low queue depth workloads but its true strengths are revealed as workloads become more demanding and mixed. In these environments, FL6 drives deliver reliable quality of service - a critical attribute for a wide variety of latency-sensitive applications.

FL6 Series Highlights
  • PCIe 4.0 and NVMe 1.4 specification compliant; ready for NVMe-oF deployments
  • Native dual-port for high-availability and resiliency
  • 60 DWPD endurance and capacities from 800 GB to 3200 GB
  • Enterprise reliability of 2.5M hours
  • SED and FIPS 140-2 security options
"SCM is the next frontier for enterprise storage, and our FL6 Series SSD is designed to cost-effectively fill the gap between DRAM and traditional TLC-based flash SSDs," said Neville Ichhaporia, vice president, SSD marketing and product management, KIOXIA America, Inc. "For tiered and caching architectures, KIOXIA continues to create innovative storage solutions that improve storage latency and system reliability. As one of the world's leading flash memory suppliers, our mature manufacturing processes, proven scalability and time-tested SLC reliability gives FL6 Series customers reliability advantages to create more compelling storage solutions."

The KIOXIA FL6 Series is now sampling to key industry partners and customers.

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Optane competitor. Hopefully it's cheaper than Optane but arguably Optane's biggest problem is availability. I mean try to find P5800X (2nd gen PCIe 4.0 Optane) somewhere on sale.
 
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Optane competitor. Hopefully it's cheaper than Optane but arguably Optane's biggest problem is availability. I mean try to find P5800X (2nd gen PCIe 4.0 Optane) somewhere on sale.

AUD$1,838.10

KIOXIA = Toshiba Memory Corporation
 
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AUD$1,838.10

KIOXIA = Toshiba Memory Corporation
That's in the US. In the EU it seems there were only a few ebay listigs for 1500€ and now only one store with no availability: https://geizhals.eu/intel-optane-ssd-dc-p5800x-400gb-ssdpf21q400gb01-a2447645.html
 
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SLC SSD with PCIe interface?
Optane competitor. Hopefully it's cheaper than Optane but arguably Optane's biggest problem is availability. I mean try to find P5800X (2nd gen PCIe 4.0 Optane) somewhere on sale.
SLC is still flash, so probably not quite. Market segment is the same, technical characteristics are not.
 
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