Samsung new SSD hard drive is industry's biggest at 30 TB

  • Samsung new SSD hard drive is industry's biggest at 30 TB

Samsung new SSD hard drive is industry's biggest at 30 TB

There is a combination of 32 1TB NAND flash packages that jointly built the PM1643 SSD, each comprising 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips.

Samsung's new SSD is specifically the "industry's largest capacity Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD".

Samsung, which also has a thriving data storage business, unveiled the world's largest capacity solid state drive (SSD) with a mind-numbing 30.72 terabyte (TB) worth of storage on February 20. The drive also includes 40GB of DRAM thanks to Through Silicon Via (TSV), which allows for the interconnection of 8Gb DDR4 chips. Rather, it will be used in future storage systems in health care, education sectors, financial services, social media, government, retail and communications sectors.

Not only has the new Samsung drive dramatically increased in capacity, its performance has improved significantly as well. Spinny metal hard drive capacities top out in the mid-teens these days.

Based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface, the PM1643 can hit sequential reads of up to 2,100MB/s and sequential writes of up to 1,700MBs.

As with any fast SSD, the PM1643 comes with plenty of DRAM to help speed up internal operations. These represent approximately four times the random read performance and three times the sequential read performance of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD. Instead, Samsung expects it to be a hit among enterprise customers, wanting to pack as much memory - and fast memory, at that - into as small a footprint as possible. Moreover, there is a mean time between failures (MTBF) functionality for up to two million hours.

Meanwhile, the pricing and availability details of the PM1643 are not yet known, but Samsung has already started manufacturing the first batches of the 30.72TB SSD model and is planning to expand its range of SAS SSDs later this year with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions launching very soon. The company originally announced this new enterprise SSD in August 2016. As Samsung executive VP of memory sales Jaesoo Han said in a press statement, the company will "continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB". For example, Samsung's latest 4TB 860 Pro SSD appeared in January with a $1,900 price tag.