Toshiba’s new line of NVMe, PCIe SSDs leverage low latency and power efficiency to deliver ultimate SSD performance
IRVINE, Calif. — August 10, 2015 — The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces three distinct families of PCIe®1 (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) solid state drive (SSD) products using NVMe™2 (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol, targeted for various applications including high performance notebooks; thin notebooks, 2-in-1/convertible notebooks, all-in-one PCs and tablets; and server and storage applications. All three SSD product lines are optimized for high performance and low latency and utilize the PCIe interface, which provides point-to-point links with the processor, reducing system bottlenecks.
Each NVMe SSD product is engineered with a distinct Toshiba-developed controller platform and Toshiba’s own state-of-the-art MLC NAND flash memory, so the technologies are well suited for optimum performance and reliability. Each SSD family is designed for its target segment with capacity, optimized form factor, and security capabilities.
HIGH PERFORMANCE NOTEBOOKS AND PCs: The XG3 family of SSDs is the industry’s highest capacity3 (1024GB4) client NVMe SSD available in M.2 Type 2280 form factor and optimally designed for high performance notebooks, 2-in-1 PCs and all-in-one PCs. The XG3 in M.2 Type 2280 form factor supports up to four lanes of PCIe 3.1, which has a maximum interface bandwidth more than six times that of SATA 6Gbits/s5. The XG3 is also the industry’s first NVMe SSD available in 2.5-inch SATA express form factor. The XG3 SSD family is equipped with Toshiba’s proprietary Quadruple Swing-By Code (QSBC®6) error-correction technology, a highly efficient error correction code (ECC), which helps protect customer data from corruption, improves reliability, and extends the life of Toshiba SSDs. Engineered for power efficiency, the XG3 series also features lower power state modes and is the first Toshiba product, along with the BG1 SSD family, to support the Trusted Computing Group specification, Pyrite (TCG Pyrite).
THIN NOTEBOOKS AND TABLETS: The BG1 SSD family is the world’s smallest NVMe SSD7, available in a single 16mm x 20mm package (M.2 Type 1620) or a removable M.2 Type 2230 module with up to 256GB in capacity. Designed for thin notebooks, 2-in-1/convertible notebooks and tablets, the BG1 family enables PC OEMs to produce thin mobile PCs and tablets while offering a better performing alternative over SATA SSDs for mobile PCs. The BG1 SSD family supports TCG Pyrite and features lower power state modes.
SERVERS AND STORAGE APPLIANCES: The PX04P series of enterprise SSDs are designed for servers and storage appliances needing scalable power and performance settings. The PX04P series2.5-inch NVMe SSD has the industry’s lowest power consumption8. With only 18 watts active power driving maximum performance, the PX04P’s combined power plus performance bring low TCO demanded by today’s enterprise data centers. The PX04P series also supports up to four lanes of PCIe 3.0, and is available in either a half-height half-length (HHHL) add-in card or a 2.5-inch form factor with SFF-8639 connector. The PX04P series eSDDs are also equipped with Toshiba’s QSBC® error-correction technology.
“Toshiba leverages the performance and latency advantages of PCIe and flash memory to produce industry standard NVMe SSDs that will reach client, hyperscale/datacenter and enterprise markets. Market adoption of NVMe SSDs is going to accelerate, and Toshiba is well positioned to capitalize on this trend,” said Don Jeanette, Vice President at TRENDFOCUS.
"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,” said Cameron Brett, director of SSD product marketing at Toshiba Storage Products Business Unit.
Samples of Toshiba’s newest lines of NVMe, PCIe SSDs will be available in Q4 2015. Toshiba’s newest NVMe PCIe SSDs as well as the PX04S Series of enterprise 12Gbit/s SAS SSDs are on display this week at Flash Memory Summit in San Jose, Calif. in booth #407. For more information on Toshiba’s portfolio of industry-leading solid state drives, hard drives and hybrid storage solutions, visit www.toshibastorage.com. To connect with Toshiba Storage, visit the corporate blog at http://storage.toshiba.com/corporateblog/ and follow @ToshibaStorage on Twitter.
About Toshiba Storage Products
Toshiba Corporation and its affiliates offer one-of-a-kind global storage solutions, offering hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs) and NAND flash memories — technologies that drive a wide range of consumer electronics, computer and automotive applications, as well as enterprise solutions for the global marketplace. Toshiba is a leader in the development, design and manufacture of mobile, consumer and enterprise hard disk drives and solid state drives. In North America, the Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., markets high-quality storage peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators and distributors worldwide. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established Toshiba products as innovation leaders worldwide. For more information, visit www.toshibastorage.com.
About Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2014 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Estimates, December 2014). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
1PCIe and PCI Express are a registered trademark of PCI-SIG.
2NVMe and NVM Express are a trademark of NVM Express, Inc.
3As of August 11, 2015, this claim was accurate according to Toshiba research.
4Definition of capacity: Toshiba defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes, a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB = 230 = 1,073,741,824 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, such as Microsoft Operating System and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.
5Read and write speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write conditions, and file size.
6QSBC is a registered trademark of Toshiba Corporation..
7As of August 11, 2015, this claim was accurate according to Toshiba research.
8As of August 11, 2015, this claim was accurate according to Toshiba research.
Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.