KIOXIA announces next generation EDSFF E1.S SSDs for hyperscale data centres

October 19, 2022

New KIOXIA XD7P NVMe data centre SSD series delivers enhanced performance with PCIe 5.0 technology

KIOXIA Europe today announced the addition of the KIOXIA XD7P NVMe data centre SSD series to its extensive consumer, enterprise and data centre SSD portfolio. Designed for hyperscale and general server applications in the new Enterprise and Data Center Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E1.S, the XD7P drives are the second generation of KIOXIA’s E1.S SSDs with Open Compute Project (OCP) Data Center NVMe SSD support, following KIOXIA’s XD6 series.

“Hyperscale’s requirements for density, power, performance and serviceability are driving PCIe 5.0, E1.S as a form factor and the OCP Data Centre NVMe SSD specification V2.0,” explains Ross Stenfort, Hardware Storage Engineer, Meta. “The KIOXIA XD7P SSD supports these storage technologies to enable the next generation of hyperscale requirements.”

The XD7P series of NVMe data centre SSDs offer overall improved performance, achieving nearly one-and-a-half to two times sequential write performance and random read and write performance compared to their predecessors. The XD7P drives comply with PCIe 4.0 and NVMe 2.0 specifications. PCIe 5.0 with a maximum interface speed of 32 GT/s per lane is still under development. Therefore, the XD7P series will first be launched as PCIe 4.0 SSDs. PCIe 5.0 SSDs will be released according to customer demand.

The XD7P series is based on the 5th generation KIOXIA BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory technology and uses a proprietary KIOXIA controller that can be customised to meet customer needs. The E1.S form factor will be available in 9.5mm, 15mm and 25mm heights and with heat sink options. Capacities of up to 7.68 TB with a 1 DWPD lifetime will be offered, as well as TCG Opal SSC SED security options[1].

“Next-generation cloud and edge platforms must overcome the challenges posed by thermal and signal integrity requirements,” said Frederik Haak, Senior Manager SSD Marketing, KIOXIA Europe GmbH. “With the XD7P series, KIOXIA offers an excellent choice of next-generation E1.S. form factor Data Center PCIe and NVMe SSDs for cloud and system architects focused on a future-proof design platform.”

KIOXIA’s XD7P drives are shipping now to select data centre customers.[2]

(1) Availability of security/encryption options may vary by region.

(2) Technical samples are for evaluation by OEM customers. Specifications may differ from those at the time of mass production.

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