The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a global technology leader, is announcing three separate new families of PCIe solid-state drives that use the NVMe protocol, that are geared toward various usage scenarios, including high-performance notebooks, thin notebooks, 2-in-1 / convertible notebooks, all-in-one tablets and PCs; and also server and general storage applications. All three of these new SSD product families are optimized for low latency and high performance via the PCIe interface, which reduces system bottlenecks with its point-to-point links closer to the CPU.
Each of these new NVMe SSDs features a proprietary Toshiba-developed NAND controller paired with Toshiba state-of-the-art MLC NAND flash memory, making them well-suited for superior performance and reliability. Each of the new SSD series has capacity, security features, and form factor geared toward its targeted market segment.
According to Cameron Brett, director of SSD product marketing for Toshiba’s Storage Products Business Unit, “With analysts predicting greater NVMe SSD adoption in the next year, at Toshiba, we are ensuring our customers have plenty of choices and that their needs are met by offering a broad portfolio of high performance NVMe SSD solutions, in multiple performance levels and form factors.”
XG3 (High-Performance Notebooks and PCs) – The XG3 line of SSDs offers the highest capacity in the industry for a client NVMe SSD in the M.2 x 2280 form factor, at 1024GB. It is optimized for high-performance notebooks, all-in-one PCs and 2-in-1 PCs. The M.2 x 2280 XG3 supports up to four PCIe 3.1 lanes, creating a maximum interface bandwidth that is more than six times greater than that of SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. The XG3 is additionally the industry’s first NVMe SSD that is available in a 2.5” SATA Express form factor. The XG3 series of SSDs feature Toshiba’s proprietary Quadruple Swing-By Code (QSBC) error detection and correction technology. This is a high-efficiency error correction code (ECC) engine, helping prevent corrupted customer data, improving reliability, and extending the life expectancy of the SSD. The XG3 series features lower power state modes for power efficiency. Along with the BG1 series, the XG3 series is the first Toshiba product to support Trusted Computing Group specification “Pyrite” (TCG Pyrite).
BG1 (Thin Notebooks and Tablets) – The BG1 line of SSDs are the world’s smallest NVMe SSDs, available in a M.2 x 1620 form factor (16mm x 20mm), and also in a removable M.2 x 2230 module form factor in capacities up to 256GB. Geared toward thin notebooks and 2-in-1/convertible tablets and notebooks, the BG1 series allows PC OEMs to create thin mobile tablets and PCs that offer performance that is superior to SATA SSDs for these mobile computing devices. The BG1 series supports the TCG Pyrite specification, and also features lower power state modes.
PX04P (Servers and Storage Appliances) – The PX04P line of enterprise SSDs are geared toward servers and storage appliances that require scalable performance and power settings. The PX04P series of 2.5” NVMe SSDs offer the industry’s lowest power consumption, at a mere 18 watts active power, giving a combination of power and performance that brings a lowered total cost of ownership (TCO) to today’s enterprise data centers. The PX04P series also supports up to four lanes of PCIe 3.0, and is offered as either a half-height half-length (HHHL) add-in card, or as a 2.5” form factor with an SFF-8639 connector. The PX04P series also features Toshiba’s QSBC error detection and correction code technology.
Toshiba anticipates that samples of these newest lines of NVMe SSDs will be available in Q4 of 2015. Toshiba will have the XG3, BG1 and PX04P series of NVMe SSDs, along with their PX04S series of 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, on display this week at Flash Memory Summit 2015 in San Jose,CA. You can visit them at booth #407.