Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) for next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. “Configuring the PM971-NVMe SSD in a single BGA package was enabled by combining 16 of Samsung’s 48-layer 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometer 4Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip and a high-performance Samsung controller,” said Samsung.
It measures 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and enables sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s (megabytes per second) and 900MB/s respectively, when TurboWrite technology is used. It also boasts random read and write IOPS (input output operations per second) of up to 190K and 150K respectively.
The PM971-NVMe SSD line-up will be available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB storage options and will ship for its customers this month worldwide.
Commenting on the new SSD, Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team, Samsung Electronics, said:
Samsung’s new BGA NVMe SSD triples the performance of a typical SATA SSD, in the smallest form factor available, with storage capacity reaching up to 512GB. The introduction of this small-scale SSD will help global PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices, while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment.