KIOXIA Enterprise and Data Center SSDs Now Qualified with Ampere CPU-Based Platforms

New Arm-Based Cloud Compute and Storage Solutions from Ampere Combine Altra Processors with KIOXIA CD6, CM6 and XD6 Series SSDs

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 2, 2022 – KIOXIA America, Inc. today announced that it has collaborated with Ampere®  to qualify its CD6, CM6 and XD6 Series SSDs with platforms based on Ampere’s Altra® and Ampere Altra Max Cloud Native Processors. Certification testing was conducted by Ampere to ensure the compatibility and performance of KIOXIA SSDs.

The world’s most demanding data center workloads are now using Arm-based servers, making it imperative that the SSDs deployed in them are up to the task. With one of the broadest SSD product lineups for the data center, KIOXIA drives not only address today’s performance demands and latency sensitivities but also future enterprise infrastructure requirements.

To address the demands of the modern cloud, Ampere has designed a server microprocessor architecture from the ground up.  Its  AArch64 based processors deliver performance, scalability, security, and power efficiency that is uniquely focused on today’s hyperscale cloud and edge computing workloads and applications.

“At Ampere, our customers want solutions that fit their needs, and this includes SSD options that offer PCIe 4.0 performance and new form factors, such as EDSFF E1.S,” said Sean Varley, sr. director of product marketing from Ampere.  “We’ve worked with KIOXIA to certify their broad offering of NVMe SSDs with our Ampere Altra family of platforms for our mutual customers, including the top hyperscale cloud customers and leading ODM/OEM server manufacturers in the global IT market.”

KIOXIA CM6 and CD6 Series SSDs

The KIOXIA lineup of PCIe® 4.0 (16 gigatransfers/s x4) NVMe® SSDs brings planned performance improvements of up to 2x over its PCIe 3.0 (8 gigatransfers/s x4) predecessors and is 12x faster than 6 gigabits/s SATA drives. KIOXIA CM6 enterprise and CD6 data center SSDs are SFF-TA-1001 conformant (also referred to as U.3) SSDs to support universal drive bay systems that can accept NVMe, SAS and SATA SSDs.


Representing the latest innovation in flash storage for servers in cloud and hyperscale data centers, KIOXIA EDSFF E1.S SSDs are designed to optimize system density, efficiency and management. As defined by the EDSFF consortium and leveraging the Open Compute Project® (OCP®)  NVMe Cloud SSD Specification, the small form factor E1.S replaces the M.2 form factor and delivers greater density, performance, reliability, and thermal management. E1.S is also designed to be hot swappable for increased serviceability, which is another benefit over M.2. The read intensive XD6 series utilizes KIOXIA BiCS FLASH™ 3D flash memory and is compliant with NVMe 1.3c and PCIe 4.0 specifications.

“We are eager to work with server ecosystem companies like Ampere to bring cutting-edge solutions to cloud and enterprise data centers,” noted Steve Weinger, sr. director marketing, Business Development and Ecosystems, KIOXIA America, Inc. “KIOXIA is focused on ensuring that our SSDs work with industry-leading hardware and software products to meet customer expectations at a system level.”

KIOXIA has developed and collaborates with a broad ecosystem of companies to ensure interoperability and compatibility with KIOXIA SSDs, and welcomes companies to learn more at its Ecosystem Members website.  

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About KIOXIA America, Inc.

KIOXIA 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 innovative memory, SSD and software solutions 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


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