Monday, August 15, 2011

Icy News: 512GB Samsung SSD

"6Gb SATA, 20nm MLC, in volume production
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, announced today volume production of SSDs that support the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface with data transmissions at 6Gb/s. The new PM830 SSDs* are available at up to 512GB densities.

Samsung's new high-speed SSDs are suited for use in high-performance OEM notebooks and tablets. Sample production of the SATA 6Gb/s 512GB SSDs began in May, with volume production initiated earlier this month. The new drives are expected to replace SATA 3Gb/s-based SSDs by year-end.

"Samsung's new line up of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs," said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. "The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gb/s-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly," he added.

The SATA 6Gb/s SSD shortens system boot-up time to about 10 seconds, while its high-performance allows users to download up to five DVD video files in less than a minute.

The 512GB SSD utilizes Samsung's  20nm class 32Gb MLC NAND memory chip incorporating the toggle DDR interface. A proprietary NAND controller facilitates performance levels that take advantage of the toggle DDR architecture and the SATA 6Gb/s interface. The new SSD doubles the performance of a SATA 3Gb/s drive, with sequential read speeds of 500 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 350MB/s.

The drive also features AES 256-bit encryption algorithm to protect personal or corporate data from unauthorized access.

Samsung's SATA 6Gb/s SSDs are available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB densities. The new SSD line-up is targeted for use in premium OEM notebooks, and tablets.

According to market research firm IDC, the global outlook for client-side SSDs is expected to grow ten-fold from 11 million units in 2011 to 100 million units in 2015. Moreover, the use of NAND in 256GB SSDs is forecast to more than double from 19 percent of all NAND used in SSDs in 2011 to 42 percent in 2015. Further, demand for 512GB SSDs is expected to grow from a 0.3 percent portion in 2011 to eight percent in 2015, also underscoring the growing interest in higher density SSDs." - via

SSDs are now becoming the standard for data storage. Samsung is now making it a standard in the notebook and tablet market. Do you think that other companies will follow Samsung with their new target customer? Let us know what you think. 

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