Samsung has made it a point to bring out the best in all segments, and with a 16TB SSD it has now becomes the company with the world’s largest storage drive. Recently companies like Seagate and Western digital which has launched an 8TB and 10TB Hard disk last year. The SSD is very compact which fits in a 2.5-inch enclosure; this increases the chances of it to be incorporated into laptops and PC’s.
The new 16TB solid state drive is powered by its new 3D vertical-NAND flash memory chips. The SSD is named PM1663a drive which comes with actual capacity of 15.36TB and is not made for home usage, but Samsung is targeting them at companies which require massive speed and capacity requirements like data centres and other enterprise-grade markets.
The SSD was announced at the annual Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. The pricing and availability of the SSD were not announced by Samsung. But according to Ars Technica, the SSD might be priced approximately 5000 GBP which comes to approximately Rs. 5,00,000.
To get the 16TB data capacity, Samsung has employed 480 of its recently unveiled 256GB third-generation V-NAND flash chips. Each chip comes with 48 layers of NAND cells which combine to get you the capacity which Samsung are offering. These latest V-NAND third generation chips are said to be 2.2x times faster and up to 63% more power efficient compared to their predecessors the second generation chips.
In the Flash Memory Summit, Samsung showed off 48 of the new drives in a server with storage totalling 768TB. If you are wondering that Samsung might have compromised on the speed while concentrating on increasing storage space. Samsung says that the drives are rated at two million input/output operations per second. If you look at the speed in comparison to conventional PC drives which handle 10,000 to 90,000 operations per second.