KIOXIA Launches First PCIe Gen4 NVMe U.3 SSDs for HPE Servers

PCIe 4.0 (PCIe Gen4) and NVMe 1.4 Compliant CD6 Series Data Center-class Drives First to Ship on HPE ProLiant, HPE Synergy and HPE Apollo Gen10 and Gen10 Plus Servers

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 25, 2020 – KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), is the first1 supplier to launch PCIe® Gen4 NVM Express™ (NVMe™) data center-class solid-state drives (SSDs) within the HPE NVMe mainstream performance SSD portfolio available on HPE ProLiant, HPE Synergy and HPE Apollo servers.  KIOXIA offers the industry’s broadest SSD product portfolio and has been collaborating with HPE to create best-in-class flash-based storage solutions for years. Today, the company announced that its CD6 Series of PCIe Gen4 NVMe U.3 SSDs now enables HPE customers to upgrade from SATA to NVMe performance at an affordable price point.

“Customers increasingly turn to HPE for IT solutions that continue to offer the most advanced, innovative capabilities, to accelerate application performance across new and demanding workloads and fast-track delivery for new ideas, products and services,” said Krista Satterthwaite, vice president, HPE Compute Product Management. “Through our latest collaboration with KIOXIA, we are offering customers high-performance storage at an affordable price by combining HPE servers with new cutting-edge PCIe Gen4 NVMe mainstream performance U.3 SSDs.”

“At KIOXIA, we are committed to working closely with our customers to create value and deliver greater performance, reliability and TCO,” said Jeremy Werner, senior vice president and general manager, SSD Business Unit, KIOXIA America, Inc. “Our OEM customers are bringing cutting-edge storage performance to end users thanks to our lineup of PCIe Gen4 and U.3 solutions. With the CD6 Series, HPE can offer the latest technology and improved application and system efficiency.”

KIOXIA’s lineup of PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSDs brings performance improvements of up to 2x over its PCIe Gen3 predecessors and is 12x faster than SATA SSDs2. KIOXIA was the first3 company to demonstrate and ship enterprise-class and data center-class PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSDs. CD6 Series SSDs (along with CM6 Series SSDs) are SFF-TA-1001 compliant (also known as U.3) enabling NVMe, SAS or SATA drives to be used in a Universal Backplane Management-enabled (SFF-TA-1005) drive slot within HPE Gen10 Plus platforms, which simplifies future upgradability and lowers cost for customers. KIOXIA’s CD6 and CM6 Series U.3 NVMe SSDs are natively backward compatible with U.2 NVMe SSD drive slots, which are supported on HPE Gen10 platforms.

CD6 Series PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSDs are single-ported, targeting large-scale data center deployments running general purpose applications, such as database, cloud computing, virtualized and containerized environments, web servers, and media streaming.  The CD6 Series is available in both read-intensive (1 DWPD) and mixed-use (3 DWPD), with capacities ranging from 800 gigabytes to 15.36 terabytes.

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About KIOXIA America, Inc.
KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.) is the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today’s breakthrough BiCS FLASH™ 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer cutting-edge memory solutions and services that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive, and data centers. For more information, please visit

1 As of August 17, 2020

2 Source: KIOXIA Corporation, as of August 6, 2020. Based on a KIOXIA market survey of publicly available information.

3 Source: KIOXIA Corporation, as of February 20, 2020. Based on a KIOXIA market survey of publicly available information.

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Definition of capacity: KIOXIA Corporation defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes, a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1Gb = 2^30 bits = 1,073,741,824 bits, 1GB = 2^30 bytes = 1,073,741,824 bytes and 1TB = 2^40 bytes = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.

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