Samsung have announced an incredible feat of engineering by announcing a 512GB SSD drive which is … the size of a coin, in fact not even that, and weighs in at just 1 gram. Now, we all know what you’re thinking, but no, this isn’t just a microSD card, this is a full-on SSD with SSD like performance in a small form factor.
Samsung are likely pushing the use of these within Smartphones, Tablets and maybe even ultra portable Notebooks going forward. The storage chips will be available starting in June and will also come in 128GB and 256GB size options as well as the 512GB shown.
With crazy dimensions of 20 x 16 x 1.5mm and that just 1 gram weight, not to mention a hundredth in volume to a standard 2.5-inch SSD, Samsung has been able to sandwich 16 of its 48-layer 256-gigabit V-NAND flash chips (resulting in a total of 240GB storage), a 20nm 4Gb LPDDR4 DRAM chip, and a controller into the profile. If you thought this would hinder performance, think again, as the drives will be able to offer read and write sequentially speeds up to 1500MB/s and 900MB/s when used with Samsung’s own TurboWrite technology.
Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president at Samsung’s storage division, had this to say:
Samsung’s new BGA NVMe SSD triples the performance of a typical SATA SSD, in the smallest form factor available, with storage capacity reaching up to 512GB. The introduction of this small-scale SSD will help global PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices, while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment.
We can’t wait to see these babies inside the collection of technology we receive this year to review.