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

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--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. Liqid will be showcasing live demos alongside Kingston (Booth #729) and Phison (Booth #714) at FMS from August 9–11, 2016.

“This year we are excited to be showcasing Liqid Powered solutions after years of internal development,” said Liqid CEO Jay Breakstone. “We will be demonstrating the fastest 2.5-inch SSD in the world with Kingston and Phison who are two of our notable technology partners. PCIe and NVMe are the fundamental technologies that make this product possible and provide the foundation necessary to fulfill Liqid’s vision of building a comprehensive disaggregated infrastructure solution.”

The world’s fastest 2.5-inch SSD will be displayed at the following booths at FMS:

Kingston Technology: Booth #729
“Kingston and Liqid have partnered to develop the fastest 2.5-Inch SSD in the world. These are ultra-high performing NVMe based SSDs targeted at data center and enterprise applications. Kingston is excited to showcase several demos of the world’s fastest SSDs this year at FMS.” – Darwin Chen, General Manager, Kingston Solutions

Phison Electronics: Booth #714
“Phison is excited to partner with Liqid to help deliver the world’s fastest 2.5-inch NVMe SSD. The Phison PS5007-E7 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 controller helps power the next level of performance and capability.” - Michael Wu, General Manager, Phison American Business Div.

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About Liqid

Liqid is a data center innovation company that develops disruptive solutions for the bare-metal cloud, enabling hyperscale agility to the masses. Gone are the days of slow, static, and capital intensive infrastructure changes. Liqid OS managed PCIe-based fabrics deliver over 90% resource utilization and 85x better operational efficiency. Liqid delivers a fluid and dynamic approach to disaggregate, provision, create, deploy, and delete bare-metal machines and the associated compute, network, and storage elements through policy-driven automation and orchestration. This allows organizations to adapt to technological and business changes in real-time, enabling them to fully maximize the opportunities in today’s digital economy. For more information, contact our team at or visit Follow Liqid on TwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

About Kingston

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for computers, digital cameras and mobile devices. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia, India, Taiwan, China, and Latin America. For more information, please call 800-337-8410 or visit

About Phison

Phison Electronics Corporation (8299.TWO) was established in November 2000 at Hsinchu, Taiwan. Started with the world’s first single-chip USB flash drive IC, Phison is now a market leader in NAND Flash controllers and applications including USB, SD, eMMC, PATA, SATA, and PCIe. In 2010, the company shipped over 500 million controllers worldwide and topped 1 billion US dollars in sales revenue. A NAND flash total solution provider, Phison also offers system and OEM services for major retail brand names. As used in this release, the terms “company” and “Phison” refer to Phison Electronics Corporation. Visit

*PCI Express and PCIe are trademarks of PCI-SIG
*NVM Express and NVMe are trademarks of NVM Express Organization.


Dana Breakstone, 303-500-1551

Release Summary

Liqid and Kingston® have partnered to deliver the fastest 2.5-inch PCI Express® (PCIe) NVM Express™ (NVMe) SSD ever benchmarked. It will showcase at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.


Dana Breakstone, 303-500-1551