SK Hynix Introduces PE8000 Series Low Power NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSDs for Enterprise Use

Korean NAND brand SK Hynix has introduced the PE8000 series, a low power NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSD designed for Enterprise use.

As a major supplier for Flash storage, their consumer brand is Crucial. While known for their RAM and SSDs, this is their newest foray into the 4th generation PCIe NVMe drives, along with brands like Samsung, Gigabyte and Corsair.

SK hynix Inc. (or “the Company,” today announced the availability of the “PE8000” series, its newest and most advanced line-up of enterprise Solid State Drives (eSSDs). The PE8000 series is designed to meet the diverse needs of datacenter customers.

PE8010 and PE8030 are the Company’s first Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) SSDs supporting the PCIe Gen4 Interface. Both drives feature the Company’s 96-layer Triple-Level Cell (TLC) 4D NAND flash and an in-house controller, providing a maximum capacity of 8TB, and are compatible with U.2/U.3 form factors. PE8010 is tailored to read-intensive workloads, while PE8030 is optimized for mixed-use.

The two products boast the strongest performance among low-power PCIe Gen4 SSDs in the market. Both PE8010 and PE8030 can deliver sequential read speeds of up to 6,500MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 3,700MB/s, with random read and write of up to 1,100K and 320K Input/output operations per second (IOPs), respectively. Compared to the Company’s previous solution launched in 2019, PE8010 offers substantial performance improvements of 103% for sequential reads and 357% for random writes at maximum power consumption of 17W. Both drives are now sampling with customers.

Meanwhile, PE8111 is a high-capacity storage solution optimized for read-intensive applications, built with SK hynix’s state-of-the-art technology, the world’s first 128-layer 1Tb (Terabit) TLC 4D NAND flash. SK hynix is currently developing a 16TB version of PE8111 eSSD in the new EDSFF 1U Long (E1.L) form factor, and plans to develop a 32TB solution in the future. The Company is slated to start sampling the 16TB PE8111 eSSD in the second half of this year.

PE8111 is specifically optimized for Open Compute Project (OCP) storage platforms, supporting sequential read and write speeds of up to 3,400MB/s and 3,000MB/s, and random read and write of up to 700K and 100K IOPs, respectively. Most notably, the solution provides the same capacity with only half the amount of NAND dies compared to the solution based on 512Gb (Gigabit) NAND flash. As a result, the solution offers superb performance, power efficiency, and price competitiveness, excelling across the board in the existing eSSD solutions market.

SK hynix is a global memory semiconductor manufacturer with DRAM, NAND flash, and controllers in its portfolio, a full range of technologies for SSDs. Despite being a relative latecomer to the eSSD market, the Company continues to strengthen its presence with the expertise and know-how gained as a leading DRAM manufacturer. SK hynix will keep expanding thus with vigorous product development and increasingly diverse offerings going forward.

“SK hynix has successfully introduced its PCIe Gen3 eSSD products to the market, solidifying its competitive position in the enterprise storage business,” said Vice President Samil Kim, head of the eSSD business at SK hynix. “We will reinforce our technology leadership through the mass production of our PCIe Gen4 products in the second half of this year, and also provide eSSDs with high performance and reliability to our hyperscaler and enterprise OEM customers.”

Niche Gamer’s Take: While this product will likely never actually be used by any of our readers seeing more companies have 4th Gen PCIe SSDs especially ones that have writes at 6,500 MB/s is absolutely mindblowing.

With future game consoles using an NVMe type solution that can be that fast it means that the future products like this one that eventually trickle down into consumers hands will actually use this much speed and improve things like load times and the complexity of game worlds.

Source: SK Hynix

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