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Introducing the latest technologies being researched and developed at KIOXIA Corporation and various use cases of flash memories.
September 28, 2021 XL-FLASH Institute of Memory Technology R&D (System Technology)
We introduced high-speed flash memory (XL-FLASH™) and developed a new access method for it, achieving the equivalent speed as keeping all graph data in DRAM. This enables high-speed processing for very large-scale graph with flash memory at lower cost than DRAM.
We have developed not only a filter-wise quantization algorithm which optimizes the number of weight bits for each one of tens or thousands of filters on every layer but also the dedicated accelerator. With these algorithm and hardware architecture, the inference time can be reduced while maintaining recognition accuracy.
October 28, 2020 XL-FLASH Institute of Memory Technology R&D (System Technology)
We demonstrate capability of replacing DRAM for a key-value store database using XL-FLASH™, which has lower bit cost and larger capacity than DRAM. In order to evaluate the possibility of DRAM replacement using XL-FLASH™, we have developed XL-FLASH™ demo drive, and demonstrated the evaluation result that the database using DRAM and the database using XL-FLASH™ have equivalent performance in read access-dominated situation.
In sort benchmark contest founded by Dr. Jim Gray who was a winner of ACM A.M. Turing Award, there is a category called JouleSort to compete energy consumption in data sorting. Our sorting algorithm KioxiaSort was awarded a JouleSort world record on November 27 in 2019.
Usually networked storage is implemented on storage servers with multiple SSDs. However, now it becomes true that storage servers cannot fully utilize the high-speed performance and low latency of NVMe SSDs due to the bottleneck of computing power and limited network bandwidth. To solve this problem, Kioxia is developing SSD that connects directly to the network and enables high-speed, low-latency access (Ethernet SSD).
March 06, 2020 Interface Institute of Memory Technology R&D (System Technology)
In order to achieve a large-capacity storage using NAND Flash memory and BiCS FLASH™ (hereinafter, referred to as NAND), many NAND packages have to be connected to a controller. We have proposed a daisy-chain configuration using bridge chips, to achieve high-speed operation and large capacity with fewer signal lines.
February 28, 2019 Machine learning Institute of Memory Technology R&D (System Technology)
We have developed an AI accelerator for deep learning and presented it at an International conference on semiconductor circuits, A-SSCC 2018.
August 28, 2018 SSD Institute of Memory Technology R&D (System Technology)
HMB technology utilizes part of the host memory (DRAM) as if it were its own, and achieves equivalent performance to an SSD with DRAM. As cooperation between the host driver and SSD is necessary, we developed HMB protocols for booting and connection, and have them incorporate PCIe® SSD interface standard, NVMe™ 1.2* with major CPU/OS vendors.
* An interface specification developed for SSDs
NVMe is a trademark of NVMe Express, Inc. PCIe is registered trademark of PCI-SIG.
Conducts advanced research and development, application system development, and development prototyping in the field of memory including emerging memory
Conducts R&D on BiCS FLASH™, a type of 3D flash memory that KIOXIA was the first to develop in the world, while serving as a bridge between R&D and volume production.