KIOXIA strengthens embedded flash memory portfolio for consumer applications

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KIOXIA Europe has begun sampling the latest generation of its JEDEC e-MMC Ver. 5.1-compliant embedded flash memory products for consumer applications.

The products are available in capacities of 64 and 128 gigabytes (GB) and integrate the company’s BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and a controller in a single package.

Demand for mid-range capacities in consumer products such as tablets and IoT devices continues to grow and although the market is slowly shifting to UFS, there are many cases where e-MMC will continue to be relevant. The new KIOXIA e-MMC devices looks to expand the available options.

A provider of flash memory and storage for consumer applications and mobile devices, KIOXIA has been supporting e-MMC since 2007 and was the first supplier to introduce the higher performance follow-on solution to e-MMC, UFS, in early 2013. Today, KIOXIA’s broad line-up of e-MMC and UFS solutions provide support across a wide range of densities (4GB-1TB).

This latest generation BiCS FLASH-based e-MMC offers the following features intended to address the requirements of consumer applications, including:

  • A newer generation of BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory
  • Improved architecture that reduces internal write amplification and achieves more stable sequential write performance
  • Pre-programmed user data that will now have higher reliability before it is sent for reflow during customer’s manufacturing process
  • Idle to auto-sleep time is reduced by 100x[6] from existing generation to help extend user application’s battery life
  • Faster performance is achievable through accessing multiple dies inside the device
  • Supports JEDEC eMMC 5.1 standard with fastest interface speed (HS400)

“Reflecting on evolving consumer applications that require enhanced, next-generation e-MMC, KIOXIA addresses this need by introducing the latest JEDEC e-MMC Ver. 5.1 and delivering broader, higher-performance product line-up, and in that, leading the way forward,” said Axel Stoermann, Vice President Memory Marketing & Engineering, KIOXIA Europe.

KIOXIA is now sampling its next-gen e-MMC devices, with general availability expected in October.