Samsung has unveiled the world’s largest solid state drive (SSD), offering a gargantuan 30.72 terabytes of storage.
The new SSD (labeled PM1643) houses the most storage ever squeezed into a 64mm package.This breakthrough was made possible by combining 32 of the new one-terabyte NAND flash packages – NAND flash memory is a a type of nonvolatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data – each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. That is enough space to hold about 5,700 full HD movie files.
In March 2016 Samsung released a 16 terabyte drive but the brand claims that the new SSD has, in addition to the doubled capacity, performance levels that are nearly twice that of the brand’s previous generation high-capacity SAS SSD.
There’s no word on when the PM1643 will enter the marketplace and how much it will cost.
Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Samsung Electronic’s Memory Sales and Marketing Team said, “Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems.”
The South-Korean manufacturer has started producing initial quantities of the 30.72TB SSDs in January and revealed its plans to expand the lineup later this year – with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions – in a press release. This expanded line-up is intended to “further drive the growth of all-flash-arrays and accelerate the transition from hard disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs in the enterprise market.”