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Tiny, fast and upgradeable: Toshiba's storage future

The Japanese company introduces a new standard for ultra-fast internal storage similar to cards . Coming soon to all of us?

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Toshiba has little affection for agile and tiny storage, as we already knew when it introduced tiny BGA drives for direct motherboard combat and the innovative BG4 drives that offered up to terabytes of volume at the M.2 interface with a length of only 30 millimeters (instead of 80 Millimeters on most drives In this connection). Now she wants to go all the way with a new standard for even smaller dimensions - get to know the XFMExpress.

Quite a few laptop makers nowadays opt for drives In a soldered BGA configuration, which may contribute to minimizing system dimensions and slightly reducing the risks of technical malfunctions in the product, but at the same time deprives consumers of the ability to replace and upgrade storage when needed. Any failure of the storage chip will require the replacement of the entire motherboard, as there is no practical way to separate the two.

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XFMExpress is designed to deliver the best compromise for this challenge - a new interface that could utilize PCI-Express 3.0 × 4 artery similar to today's popular M.2 connectors (and PCI-Express 4.0 × 4 artery already in design) for a tiny card in the Secretary configuration The SD cards, with a dedicated bracket, can be removed when needed and replaced. The dimensions of the drives in BGA soldering, the resulting heat dissipation solution (in the form of the metal bracket where the card will be mounted) and the performance of the drives In full M.2 configuration - and all that remains is to hope that it will meet expectations and be gradually adopted by the various manufacturers in the field.

A bracket that will also help dissipate heat for optimal operation over time

The dimensions of the XFMExpress card will be only 18 × 14 millimeters, with thickness of 1.4 millimeters - compared to 11 × 15 millimeters and thickness of 0.75 millimeters for microSD cards. Along with the dedicated bracket, the size of the XFMExpress will reach 22.2 × 17.5 millimeters in thickness of 2.2 millimeters - which will only be a little bigger In a soldered BGA configuration that is usually available at a starting size of 20 × 16 millimeters with a thickness of up to 1.5 millimeters. Proximity is as small as possible for the future upgrade capability - certainly the smallest option available in the field today is 2 drives in 2230 configuration with dimensions of 22 × 30 millimeters (not including the bracket itself).

The M.2 standard is considered too big in the age of modern computing, which is not enough to surprise us in the race for maximum minimization

We still don't know when we will be able to see a practical commercial application of XFMExpress cards, if any, and whether there is a plan to sell cards To the general public or leave the product as a means for OEM and ODM manufacturers only - but promise to keep you updated and updated with all the details about this intriguing venture in the near future.

This is what the actual storage card looks like, outside of processed close-ups

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