This breakthrough was made possible by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512 Gb V-NAND chips. It also comes with the industry-class features we expect from this type of drive, such as robust error correction and power loss protection. The PM1643 is said to deliver twice the capacity and performance of the company's previous-generation SAS SSD.
And the 2.5-inch format unit is said to offer enough room for storing around 5,700 Full HD movies (each one 5 GB in size). When compared to the previous generation SAS SSDs, the new drive delivered almost twice the performance. More accurately, nine controllers from the previous SSD range integrated into a single package. There's also 40GB of DDR4 RAM. It should be noted that this is the first time that Samsung used TSV-applied DRAM in an SSD. Rather, it will be used in future storage systems in health care, education sectors, financial services, social media, government, retail and communications sectors.
Samsung's new 30.72TB whopper uses a 12Gb/s SAS connection that provides the dual port and failover features prized in the data center.
In addition, this SAS drive (Serial Attached SCSI) boasts sequential read and write speeds of 2100MB/s and 1700 MB/s, respectively. The Korean company is promising a five-year warranty. These benchmarks are about four times as fast as the random read performance and three times as fast as the sequential read performance of the average 2.5-inch SATA SSD that you'll find in a consumer desktop or laptop, including Samsung's own SSD 850 EVO.
Samsung already started manufacturing initial quantities of the 30.72TB SSD model and is in plans to expand the entire enterprise SSD level later this year with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions. "Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems", Han added.
As of now, there is no information of when the world's largest SSD will go on sale, or how much will it cost.