Kioxia launches new line of tiny SSDs, but they're not for you

Kioxia BG5 Series
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Kioxia (opens in new tab) has announced the latest addition to its lineup of PCIe 4.0 SSDs (opens in new tab) with the launch of the new Xioxia BG5 Series.

While the company says it designed its latest M.2 SSDs (opens in new tab) to bring a suitable balance of performance, cost and power to everyday gamers and PC users, keep in mind that its BG Series NVMe SSDs are aimed at businesses making ultra-thin PCs (opens in new tab) and IoT (opens in new tab) embedded devices though these drives can also be used for server boot in data centers.

The Kioxia BG5 Series is built with a PCIe 64 GT/s interface (Gen4 x4 lanes) and are accelerated by the company's fifth generation BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory technology.

Vice president of SSD marketing and product management at Kioxia America, Inc., Neville Ichaporia provided further insight on the company's new BG5 series in a press release (opens in new tab), saying:

“Market adoption of DRAM-less SSDs is increasing steadily, thanks to HMB’s ability to reduce the overall bill of materials without degrading the data read/write performance of the SSD. The fact that KIOXIA realized PCIe 4.0 performance with a DRAM-less architecture is a win for mainstream client applications.”

Kioxia BG5 Series

As a virtual multi-LUN (VML)-enabled client SSD, the Kioxia BG5 series unlocks back-end flash performance while also maintaining affordability.

At the same time, Kioxia BG5 SSDs ship in a compact M.2 2230 single-sided, thermally optimized form factor though M.2 2280 single-sided form factor versions are available as well.

Available in 256, 512 and 1024GB capacities, the Kioxia BG5 series are capable of up to 3,500 MB/s sequential read and 2,900 MB/s sequential write speeds. These new drives can also reach up to 500k IOPS random read and 450k IOPS random write.

The Koxia BG5 series is now sampling to key industry partners and customers though the company has yet to provide an official release date as well as pricing regarding its new SSDs.

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Anthony Spadafora

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