Kioxia released a new generation of eMMC 5.1 flash memory

Recently, Kioxia announced the sampling of their new embedded flash memory product, crafted explicitly for consumer-grade applications. This exceptional performance device adheres to the JEDEC eMMC 5.1 standards. Kioxia highlights that this eMMC flash memory integrates the latest version of BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and a controller within a singular chip, alleviating processor workload while enhancing user-friendliness. In terms of capacity, this flash memory will be available in 64GB and 128GB variants.

In their press release, Kioxia acknowledged that despite the market’s gradual pivot towards UFS flash memory, there remains a persistent need for eMMC flash in various scenarios. This includes mid-range tablets, PCs, smart TVs, and other portable handheld consumer-grade devices, as well as smart network cards.

Performance-wise, Kioxia asserts that their new eMMC flash memory offers approximately a 2.5-fold improvement in sequential and random write performance compared to the previous generation (specifically models THGAMSG9T24BAIL (64GB) and THGAMST0T24BAIL (128GB)). In terms of random read performance, the new product boasts an enhancement of 2.7 times. Additionally, its lifespan has also seen a notable increase, with TBW values roughly 3.3 times that of its predecessor, although Team Group refrained from divulging specific values. Furthermore, this new offering supports both command queuing and secure write protection, two optional features found within the JEDEC eMMC v5.1 standard.

Currently, Kioxia is in the sampling phase for this novel eMMC flash memory product. The 64GB variant is slated for shipment this month, while the 128GB version is scheduled for delivery a month later. Mass production is anticipated to commence in the spring of 2024.