Samsung Electronics has unveiled the first eight-terabyte (TB) solid state drive (SSD) based on the next generation small form factor (NGSFF).
The NGSFF is a new compact SSD specification that more than doubles space utilization of server systems. The standardization process for the NGSFF is expected to be completed by JEDEC this October. The NGSFF is also called New Form Factor 1 (NF1).
Samsung Electronics said that its mass production of the 8TB NF1 NVMe SSD would speed up the shift to ultra high-capacity data centers and enterprise networks for high-speed data analysis and cloud services.
NVMe stands for NVM Express or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCIS), which is an open logical device interface specification for accessing non-volatile storage media attached via a PCI Express (PCIe) bus.
Samsung’s new SSD picked up the 2018 CES Innovation Award in January. It is loaded with 16 512GB packages with 16 layers of fourth-generation 256-Gb 3-bit V NAND flashes.
The new SSD’s capacity is more than double that of the M.2 SSD, which is widely used in ultra-slim laptops and mobile servers. By replacing a 2.5-inch SSD system with this one, a company can triple the storage capacity in the same system space. The latest rack server (2U) can be loaded with 576TB memories.
The new SSD achieves 4 times faster continuous read speed (3100MB/s) and continuous write speed (2000MB/s) than SATA SSDs and realizes random read and write speed of 50,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, respectively.
Samsung Electronics provides a high-speed and ultra low power solution for large-volume data processing by loading a 12GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, which is double the memory capacity of a flagship smartphone into the new SSD.