Toshiba Announces New BiCS Flash SSD Drives
Toshiba has announced a new series for its SSD family. Toshiba America Electronic Components will be showcasing this new BG series of drives as part of its SSD family at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit being held in Santa Clara, California from 8th to 11th August.
The new series of solid state drives features cutting-edge BiCS FLASH with 3 bit per cell, triple level cell technology. It will also be incorporating Toshiba’s new single package ball grid array for their NVMe Gen3 x2 SSD.
The aim with this new series of drives is to decrease power consumption and improve performance while ensuring a smaller footprint when compared to regular hard drives and even some SSDs. Toshiba seems to be targeting the future wave of ultra-thin mobile convertible notebooks and tablets with the BG SSD series.
With a surface area 95 percent smaller than conventional 2.5-inch SATA storage devices and 82 percent smaller than M.2 Type 22806, the Toshiba BG series condenses both the controller and NAND flash memory in a single 16 mm x 20 mm BGA package enabling device manufacturers to prioritize features like battery capacity for longer operating times.
“We are thrilled to unveil the new BG series with BiCS FLASH which will deliver both a rich feature-set and high performance all within an extremely small footprint and power profile,” said Jeremy Werner, vice president of SSD marketing and product planning at Toshiba.
To ensure the compact nature and power efficiency is not compromised while still delivering amazing performance, the BG series will be implementing the latest Host Memory Buffer for NVMe. HMB allocates host DRAM for flash management purposes unlike traditional drives where similar job requires more power and are also costly.
The Toshiba BG SSD Family will be available in 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB capacities in both a 16 mm x 20 mm package (M.2 Type 1620) or a removable M.2 Type 2230 module. Samples of Toshiba BGASSDs are initially available for limited PC OEM customers, and will be available for other customers to develop with in the 4th quarter of 2016.