Toshiba introduces BG SSDs with 3-Bit-Per-Cell BiCS FLASH

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Toshiba America Electronic Components said it will showcase its new BG series solid state drive (SSD) family at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit held in Santa Clara, California between August 8 – 11.

It features BiCS FLASH with 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) technology and Toshiba’s new single-package ball grid array (BGA) NVMe PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 x2 SSD.

The BG SSD series is purpose-built for the ultra-thin mobile PCs, including 2-in-1 convertible notebooks and tablets.

Toshiba’s BG series condenses both the controller and NAND flash memory in a single 16mm x 20mm BGA package enabling device manufacturers to prioritize features like battery capacity for longer operating times.

The BG series is also available mounted on a M.2 Type 22307 module for applications requiring socketed storage. BG SSDs utilize BiCS FLASH, a three-dimensional (3D) stacked cell structure, making it possible to accommodate up to 512GB of storage capacity in this high-performance and compact form factor.

Additionally, the BG series SSDs utilize an in-house Toshiba-developed controller and firmware for a full, vertically developed solution, ensuring technology is tightly integrated for optimal performance, power consumption and reliability.

“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 America Electronic Components.

“We expect to be in production this year with BiCS FLASH BGA SSDs, offering our customers a compelling and cost-effective storage solution for the next generation of high performance ultra-thin and light notebooks and tablets.”

The BG SSD Family will be available in 128GB, 256GB or 512GB capacities in both a 16mm x 20mm package (M.2 Type 1620) or a removable M.2 Type 2230 module.

Samples are initially available for limited PC OEM customers, and will be available for other customers to develop with in the fourth calendar quarter of 2016.