Storage device arrives in new form factor

27th June 2022
Mick Elliott

At embedded world 2022, KIOXIA Europe announced sampling of the XFM Ver.1.0-compliant removable PCIe attached, NVMe storage device in capacities of 256GB and 512GB: the XFMEXPRESS XT2.

With the new XT2 form factor and connector, the XFM Ver.1.0 standard storage device delivers a combination of features designed to revolutionise ultra-mobile PCs, IoT devices and various embedded applications. First introduced in August of 2019, and then presented as a proposal to the JEDEC Subcommittee for Electrical Specifications and Command Protocols, KIOXIA XFMEXPRESS XT2 is a new form factor for PCIe/NVMe devices.

The device enables a new category of small storage devices that are easy to service or upgrade. By pairing a robust, compact package with removable storage functionality and flexibility, the XFMEXPRESS XT2 helps diminish technical barriers and design constraints.

The JEDEC XFM DEVICE Ver.1.0 form factor's small size and low profile (14mm x 18mm x 1.4mm) offers a 252mm footprint, optimising the mounting space for ultra-compact host devices without sacrificing performance or serviceability. With this minimized z-height, the XFMEXPRESS XT2's form factor is excellent for thin and light notebooks and creates new design possibilities for next generation applications and systems.

"Recognising the need for a new class of removable storage, KIOXIA, inventor of flash memory, leveraged its extensive background in single package memory designs to develop the XFMEXPRESS XT2." comments, Axel Stoermann, Vice President for Memory Marketing & Engineering, KIOXIA Europe GmbH. "We are planning to innovate and lead the way forward with more breakthrough storage solutions for complex design challenges in the future."

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