Kioxia, provider of flash memory and solid state drives, has now presented the next generation of NVMe SSDs based on the so-called “Enterprise & Datacenter SSD Form Factor E3.S”. This EDSFF E3.S form factor supports higher storage density to deliver better performance while optimizing data center scalability.
Kioxia: New Form Factor Standard E3.S
E3.S is a new form-factor standard for NVMe SSDS designed for cloud and enterprise data centers, particularly with PCIe 5.0 and beyond. The design and development of next-generation systems is expected to benefit from the E3.S standard. This is the case for cloud, hyper-convergent and standard servers as well as All Flash Array (AFA) systems. The E3.S specification with identical connector provides options for size, power consumption and capacity. EDSFF E3.S is designed with future generations of PCIe in mind, offering higher performance and improving performance, cooling and flexibility over other form factors.
The advantages of EDSFF E3.S include higher flash memory density for more efficient use of power, memory space and system rack configurations. PCIe 5.0 and beyond is also supported with improved signal integrity. Cooling and thermal efficiency are also improved and there is also a performance boost over the 2.5-inch form factor. Finally, support for x8 PCIe lane configurations is also provided.
Price and availability
However, Kioxia has not yet announced when the next generation NVMe SSD based on the EDSFF-E3.S form factor will be available. There were also no further details about concrete prices.