KIOXIA Releases BG6 Series PCIe 4.0 SSD: Feature 6th Generation BiCS FLASH 3D Flash Memory

Kioxia has proclaimed the launch of their latest offering, the BG6 series PCIe 4.0 SSD. A revolutionary stride in technological innovation, this heralds their maiden venture into the realm of sixth-generation BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory. This series is a magnificent leap forward, flaunting a performance which nearly ascends to 1.7 times that of its predecessor, the BG5 series SSD. However, it is crucial to note that this feature is exclusive to the 1TB and 2TB iterations. The 256GB and 512GB variants will continue to integrate the fifth-generation BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory.

The BG6 series SSD, a paragon of versatility, is made available in two distinct form factors: M.2 2230 and M.2 2280. The latter, a unifacial version, embodies a compact design imbued with potent functionalities. The SSD employs a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, fortified with the support for NVMe 1.4 and rudimentary management commands premised upon the SMBus protocol. It also features a power loss notification function, safeguarding data from the perils of forced shutdowns. Furthermore, the SSD provides optional security features in line with the latest TCG Pyrite and TCG Opal standards, ensuring optimal data protection. The BG6 series also accommodates platform firmware recovery functionality.

The new product accommodates sideband signals in the range of both 1.8V and 3.3V, thereby broadening its adaptability to a plethora of platforms. It boasts support for HMB technology and brandishes sequential read and write speeds of up to 6000 MB/s and 5300 MB/s respectively. Additionally, it offers peak random read and write capabilities of 850K IOPS and 900K IOPS respectively.

Kioxia envisions the BG6 series SSD as a perfect amalgamation of unbridled back-end flash memory performance and cost-effectiveness, accompanied by an amplified storage capacity. This amalgamation makes it an appealing choice for commercial and consumer laptops and desktops alike. The product will commence sampling in the latter half of this year, facilitating OEM customer evaluations. While the product’s primary future usage is predicted to be in OEM products, no specific pricing details have been unveiled by Kioxia as of now.