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Samsung has started production of a whopping 30TB drive


Samsung has announced that it has began mass production of the world’s largest solid state drive (SSD). Leveraging Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology, the drive packs a whooping 30.72 terabyte (TB).

Samsung is calling it the PM1643 – the drive combines 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. These super-dense 1TB packages allow for approximately 5,700 5-gigabyte (GB), full HD movie files to be stored within a mere 2.5-inch storage device.

“With our launch of the 30.72TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president, Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics.

Based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface, the new Samsung PM1643 drive features random read and write speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively. These, Samsung says represent approximately four times the random read performance and three times the sequential read performance of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD*.

Samsung started manufacturing initial quantities of the 30.72TB SSDs in January and plans to expand the lineup later this year – with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions – to further drive the growth of all-flash-arrays and accelerate the transition from hard disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs in the enterprise market.

We’re not sure when we should expect to see these drives in our laptops or even desktops, but its definitely  something we will be looking forward to.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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