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Samsung puts PM971-NVMe, its 512GB NVMe SSD into mass production

By Michael Low & Wong Chung Wee - on 2 Jun 2016, 10:34am

Samsung puts PM971-NVMe, its 512GB NVMe SSD into mass production

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Samsung has begun mass producing its 512GB NVMe SSD. The new ball grid array (BGA) SSD features an extremely compact chip that’s smaller than a typical postage stamp. Called the PM971-NVMe, the new SSD packs 512GB of NAND storage, by “combining 16 of Samsung’s 48-layer, 256Gbit (gigabit) V-NAND flash chips, one 20nm (nanometer), 4Gbit LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip and a high-performance Samsung memory controller.”

The new SSD chip is smaller than a postage stamp, and weighs about 1g. Its volume is about 1/100th of a 2.5-inch storage drive, and its footprint is about ⅕ of a M.2 SSD. Its lightweight and compact design will allow for “much design flexibility for computing device manufacturers.” In terms of performance, the PM971-NVMe SSD rated sequential read and write speeds, when its TurboWrite feature is enabled, are up to 1,500MB/s and 900MB/s, respectively. Its random read and write IOPS are rated at 190,000 and 150,000, respectively.

The PM971-NVMe SSD will be available in 128-, 256-, or 512GB storage options, and the company is expected to ship the new SSDs to worldwide customers this month.

Source: Samsung via WCCF Tech.