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Liqid and Kingston Introduce World’s Fastest 2.5-Inch SSD at FMS 2016


Liqid Inc., in partnership with Kingston Technology, today announced the world’s fastest solid-state drive (SSD) available for demonstration at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. Liqid and Kingston® have partnered to deliver the fastest 2.5-inch PCI Express® (PCIe) NVM Express™ (NVMe) SSD ever benchmarked. The Liqid Powered™ U.2, which is a standard form factor 8639 SSD saturates the PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 interface by delivering unprecedented capabilities and performance in an enterprise-class storage solution.

Liqid Powered U.2 Specification:

Form Factor:

2.5-Inch U.2 – SFF-8639


PCIe NVMe Gen 3.0 x4 (or Dual Port 2x2)


Up to 3.9 TB of capacity

Mixed Rd/Wrt:

~ 5.5 GB/s (Full Duplex)

Seq Rd:

~ 3.6 GB/s

Seq Wrt:

~ 3.6 GB/s

Mixed Rnd Rd/Wrt:

~ 1.15 M IOPS (4 K, Full Duplex)

Rnd Rd:

~ 850 K IOPS (4 K)

Rnd Wrt:

~ 850 K Rnd IOPS (4 K – Peak)
~ 275 K Rnd IOPS (4 K – Sustained)

The 2.5-inch NVMe U.2 is a collaborative development effort between Liqid and Kingston with emphasis on addressing critical enterprise needs by delivering predictable low latency, endurance and class-leading price-performance value. The underlying architecture in this iteration leverages multiple Phison PS5007-E7 PCIe NVMe controllers and aggregates them using Liqid Powered technology to deliver the highest performing SSD solution for data center and enterprise applications.

The product is in final stages of validation and is expected to be generally available in late 2016...