KIOXIA Introduces PCIe 4.0 Storage Class Memory SSDs

KIOXIA America has unveiled its FL6 Series enterprise NVMe SCM SSDs, featuring the company’s 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,” said 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.”

Also read: What’s New in NVMe 2.0

FL6 Series Features

According to KIOXIA, the FL6 Series performs well on low queue depth workloads but its true strengths are revealed as workloads become more demanding and mixed. The series features include: 

  • 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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Llanor Alleyne
Llanor Alleyne is managing editor of a portfolio of enterprise IT and SMB technology sites, including IT Business Edge, Enterprise Networking Planet, and Small Business Computing. In an editorial career that has spanned nearly 18 years, Llanor previously held editorial leadership roles at Residential Systems Magazine, Digital Signage Magazine, and media company AVNation.TV. Previously the host of the Digital Signage Digest podcast, Llanor is committed to understanding the impact of technology on social mores and folkways. Her deep knowledge base includes audio/video integration, IoT/smart home, immersive tech, IT, and more.

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