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Kingston announces the KC2500 NVMe PCIe SSD

Kingston has announced its latest NVMe PCIe SSD. The KC2500 is a next-gen M.2 SSD for desktops, workstations and HPC systems that uses 96-layer 3D TLC NAND memory modules and the “latest Gen 3.0 x4 controller”.

With sequential read speeds as high as 3500MBps, and sequential write speeds reaching up to 2900MBps, the KC2500 has a rated MTBF of about 2M hours, providing remarkable “performance and endurance” to any compatible platform. According to Kingston, random 4K read speeds reach up to 375000 IOPS, while random 4K write speeds reach up to 300000 IOPS.

The Kingston KC2500 is available with 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities, in an M.2 2280 form factor. The rated TBW (total bytes written) for the 250GB model is 150TB, and 300TB for the 500GB, 600TB for the 1TB model, and 1.2PB for the 2TB drive.

This SSD uses the SMI 2262EN controller, and it supports “a full-security suite for end-to-end data protection” that uses AES-XTS 256-bit hardware-based encryption. Additionally, it's compatible with software using TCG Opal 2.0 from multiple vendors, including Symantec, McAfee, WinMagic, and it also supports Microsoft eDrive, a requirement to use BitLocker.

As per Tony Hollingsbee, SSD Business Manager at Kingston EMEA, the KC2500 is a good solution for “organisations who are looking to refresh their current systems, or for the power user looking to upgrade their current system with the best that NVMe PCIe SSDs can offer”.

The Kingston KC2500 will be available soon, and is backed with a five-year warranty and free technical support. You can learn more about the KC2500 from its official datasheet.

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