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Say Hello to an All-New Class of SSDs

‘Game-changing’ is not a term to be thrown around lightly, but in this case – it definitely applies: Meet the new RM5 12Gbit/s value SAS (vSAS) series of SSDs. The RM5 is our answer to the question marks left by the end of the SATA roadmap – which comes to a full stop with the current generation (6Gb/s).

What will replace the SATA interface on storage devices in the servers of the future? Eventually, the answer to that question will be higher-performing NVMe, but in the interim, our RM5 fits the bill nicely for today’s SAS-enabled systems that use SATA SSDs for cost reasons. In fact, we are currently the only company offering a solution to fill the SATA void: We’ve developed a brand new SSD controller, as well as tuned the feature set and capabilities of SAS drives to close the cost gap with SATA – and usher in a new class of SSD.

In addition to bridging the SATA gap, the RM5 gives users the ability to take full advantage of SAS’s richer feature set and realize performance, reliability and capacity superiority over SATA. It’s a win-win for customers.

The RM5 series features our BiCS FLASH™ TLC (3-bit-per-cell) 3D flash memory, and will initially be available in capacities up to 7.68TB1 with a single 12Gb/s port, SFF-8639 connector and in a 2.5” form factor. Get more out of your server storage and more press release details here: https://bit.ly/2K1ElmZ.


1Definition of capacity: Toshiba Memory Corporation defines a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB = 2^30 bytes = 1,073,741,824 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, such as Microsoft Operating System and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.

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