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Samsung Develops World’s Tiniest Solid State Drive


Samsung Develops World’s Tiniest Solid State Drive

It would appear that Samsung are not content merely with developing the world’s highest capacity microSD card after last month’s launch of the EVO Plus 256GB microSD; now they want to smash new records with the world’s tiniest solid state drive. Weighing less than a paper clip and holding a whopping 512GB of data, we are pretty excited to welcome the “PM971-NVMe SSD”. Yes, we are hoping for a slightly less nonsensical name upon launch too lol. But this little guy is a pretty unique bit of technology that we can’t wait to see in action.


The first of its kind, the new SSD is a single ball grid array (BGA) package, which is essentially comprised of multiple chips compressed into one, allowing Samsung to keep the dimensions to a miniscule 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weight to a mere gram. Chips include 16 V-NAND flash chips, one 20nm mobile DRAM chip, and a high-performance controller.


Not only is it physically tiny with huge capacity, but it’s also lightning quick, with capacity to write data as quickly as 1,500MB/s. Samsung claims it can transfer a full-HD movie in 3 seconds and download one from scratch in only 6 second. Pretty mind blowing stuff.


"We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups - NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS (Universal Flash Storage) - by moving aggressively to enhance performance and capacity in all three markets," said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President of Samsung's Memory Sales and Marketing.


You’re not kidding.


Given the price point of the new microSD card however (US$249.99) we can’t imagine that the “next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs” that Samsung intends the new SSD for will come cheap. The new SSD starts shipping in less than a month though so watch this space.

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