On Thursday, Samsung announced that it has started shipping its massive 15.36 terabyte solid state drive.
First revealed at the Flash Memory Summit last August, the 2.5-inch PM1633a drive boosts impressive capacity and speeds. The 15.36 TB drive supports 1 drive write per day, which means 15.36 TB of data can be written each day on a single drive, two to ten times as much as typical SATA SSDs. "The unprecedented 15.36TB of data storage on a single SSD is enabled by combining 512 of Samsung's 256Gb V-NAND memory chips," explained Samsung. This is just the first capacity option to launch for the PM1633a SSD line-up; Samsung plans to launch 7.68 TB, 3.84 TB, 1.92 TB, 960 GB, and 480 GB options later this year and hopes this new line-up will "become the overwhelming favorite over hard disks for enterprise storage systems." Samsung did not specify a timetable for the other capacity options at this time nor did it say if this technology will make its way to consumer devices anytime soon.
"To satisfy an increasing market need for ultra-high-capacity SAS SSDs from leading enterprise storage system manufacturers, we are directing our best efforts toward meeting our customers' SSD requests," said Jung-bae Lee, Senior Vice President of Memory Product Planning and Application Engineering Team at Samsung Electronics, in a statement on the PM1633a drive's launch. "We will continue to lead the industry with next-generation SSDs, using our advanced 3D V-NAND memory technology, in order to accelerate the growth of the premium memory market while delivering greater performance and efficiency to our customers."
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