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KIOXIA XD6 Series PCIe Gen4 Announced

by Adam Armstrong
KIOXIA XD6

Today KIOXIA America, Inc. continued its push into PCIe Gen4 SSDs for the data center with the introduction of the KIOXIA XD6 Series. This SSD series is a Datacenter SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) E1.S. The form factor and the design of the SS are made to address the specific requirements of hyperscale applications, including the performance, power and thermal requirements of the Open Compute Platform (OCP) NVMe Cloud SSD Specification.

Today KIOXIA America, Inc. continued its push into PCIe Gen4 SSDs for the data center with the introduction of the KIOXIA XD6 Series. This SSD series is a Datacenter SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) E1.S. The form factor and the design of the SS are made to address the specific requirements of hyperscale applications, including the performance, power and thermal requirements of the Open Compute Platform (OCP) NVMe Cloud SSD Specification.

KIOXIA XD6

KIOXIA was the first to wade into the enterprise PCIe Gen4 market with the CM6 and CD6. It seemed a bit premature at first as the desire for PCIe Gen4 didn’t seem to be very strong. But coming up with a product before the masses knew they needed has paid off for many a company and now that the technology is growing in adoption, it looks as though it will pay off for KIOXIA. As more enterprise devices offer PCIe Gen4 support (and Intel eventually decides to join the rest of the party) they will only become more desirable.

As stated, the new KIOXIA XD6 Series leverages the EDSFF E1.x to maximize system density and what many believed (and some do still apparently) was the future in flash storage, particularly for servers in cloud and hyperscale data centers. As defined by the EDSFF consortium and leveraging the OCP NVMe Cloud SSD Specification, the form factor E1.S replaces M.2 as it can deliver greater density, performance, reliability, and thermal management. E1.S are hot-pluggable as well, where most, if not all, M.2s are not.

The KIOXIA XD6 Series is a PCIe Gen4 (NVMe 1.3c specification compliant) that will be available in the E1.S 9.5 millimeter (mm), 15mm, and 25mm form factors. The main purpose of the new series is for consistent performance, latency and reliability in 24×7 cloud data centers. KIOXIA claims that the XD6 Series can bring 2x to 4x the performance of PCIe Gen3 SSDs.

Key features include:

  • Sequential read and write performance up to 6,500 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 2,400MB/s, respectively
  • 15W power consumption
  • Security options: non-SED and TCG-Opal
  • Full end-to-end data path protection Power loss protection
  • Expanded drive health information Excellent Quality of Service
  • New KIOXIA-developed, hyperscale-optimized controller

Availability

The KIOXIA XD6 Series is currently sampling with select customers.

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