KIOXIA has introduced its 2nd generation SSDs, designed with PCIe5.0 interface technology. The company’s new KIOXIA CD8 Series data centre NVMe SSDs are optimised for hyperscale data centre and enterprise server-attached workloads, and utilise PCIe 5.0 interface technology, which doubles the bandwidth over PCIe 4.0 from 16 gigatransfers per second. The CD8 Series is now available for customer evaluation.
Based on KIOXIA’s 5th generation BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory technology, the CD8 Series utilises a proprietary KIOXIA controller and firmware, which can be customised to customer needs, and is housed in a 2.5in, 15mm Z-height form factor.
The new drives are designed to the PCIe 5.0, Open Compute Project (OCP) data centre NVMe SSD 2.0 and NVMe 1.4 specifications, and are well-suited to applications and use cases that include high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, caching layer, financial trading and analysis.
“PCIe 5.0 is expected to become the dominant interface in the next two to three years,” says Paul Rowan, Vice President SSD Marketing and Engineering, KIOXIA Europe. “With the introduction of the CD8 Series, KIOXIA is in the ideal situation to support those customers who wish to transition earlier to PCIe 5.0.”
Additional features include:
- Read-intensive 1DWPD endurance models targeted for hyperscale and server-centric workloads, in capacities from 960GB to 15.36TB
- Mixed-use 3DWPD endurance targeted models are available, in capacities from 800GB to 12.8TB
- Delivers up to 1.25M random read IOPS and 7.2GB/s sequential read throughput, an improvement of approximately 14% over the previous generation version
- Security options include sanitise instant erase (SIE) and self-encrypted drive (SED)