KIOXIA launches FL6 Series SSDs for latency-sensitive applications

KIOXIA America Inc.- the U.S. subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a prominent supplier of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs), has introduced its FL6 Series of enterprise NVMe™ SCM solid-state drives.

Incorporating the KIOXIA SCM technology- XL-FLASH™, the PCIe 4.0-supportive FL6 Series SSDs by KIOXIA fills the gap between TLC-led drives and DRAM, allowing them to be well-suited for latency-sensitive applications like write logging, tiering, and caching layer.

Based on KIOXIA’s novel BICS FLASH™ 3D flash memory solution with 1-bit-per-cell SLC, XL-FLASH SCM offers low latency and superior performance to enterprise storage and data centers. 

It is vital to note that volatile memory systems like DRAM offer suitable speed required by demanding applications, however they are expensive. SCM fixes this issue by offering high-density, affordable non-volatile flash memory.

According to Jeff Janukowicz, Research Vice President at IDC, enterprise IT architects are seeking to accelerate data access and are seeking to store class memory to offer lower latency and superior performance as compared to TLC-powered flash storage.  

NVMe SCM SSD technology, such as the latest KIOXIA FL6 Series, will meet the needs of the rapidly growing market where spending is projected to increase by ten times through 2025, Mr. Janukowicz added.   

The FL6 Series works on low-queue depth workloads and is also highly efficient when the workloads become high and mixed. In such cases, FL6 drives provide reliable service quality- an important capability for many latency-sensitive applications.

Neville Ichhaporia, Vice President, SSD Marketing and Product Management at KIOXIA America Inc., stated that the new FL6 Series SSD has been developed to fill the gaps between DRAM and conventional TLC-powered flash SSDs.  

For tiered and caching architectures, KIOXIA continues to develop advanced storage systems that enhance storage latency and system reliability, Mr. Ichhaporia mentioned.

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