On Tuesday, spokesmen from Samsung announced the release of a whole new product: The smallest Solid State Drive. The 512GB PCIe SSD weighs about 1 gram, and it’s a tiny square of 20x16mm. The physical volume of the card is a huge achievement, considering that it holds 18 Samsung chips, a high-performance controller, and a 4GB DRAM.

The Solid-State Drive (SSD) is a memory card that can store data through electronic circuits. It’s a component recognized as hardware and is frequently used in the computing industry as a device free of mechanical components to deliver data transfer and storing services. The Solid State Drives use flash memory and are installed permanently inside computers. The most recent SSD are built to provide a storage system faster than other memory cards.

In 2013, Samsung Electronics introduced a mini SSD that changed the hardware design of several PCs.
In 2013, Samsung Electronics introduced a mini SSD that changed the hardware design of several PCs. Since then, the company had made an effort to be a top builder and provider of Solid State Drivers to the computing industry. Image Credit: 9to5 Mac

Now the goal is to expand to the next generation of notebooks, where the trend in aesthetics is to create sleek devices. Improved performance in smaller and more thin devices is a primary interest in the industry to satisfy customers’ needs.

To fulfill this trend of sleek design, producers and manufacturers of hardware must create smaller components since the size of the electronic behind the final product is what determines both size and quality of the electronic devices.

Why built a micro SSD?

Samsung made this nano SSD to provide new options for computer manufacturers, especially in hardware design. Considering the size of Samsung’s SSD, other companies can now develop computing equipment with more room to other kinds of components, and can even redesign devices to make them lighter and with sleek hardware.

Memory Technology has been an important sphere of technology for Samsung Electronics. The mass production of memory devices is an important part of the Samsung’s structure.

“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,” stated Samsung Electronics in a press release.

The technology 

The goal is to triple the performance of typical SSD in the smallest hardware possible. The storage capacity goes up to 512GB, creating a unique device in the market with this amount of storage in that size.  There will be other two options for storage, besides the biggest with 512GB: 256GB and 128GB.

The SSD combined 16 of Samsung’s 48-layer 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash chips, and it comes in a single GBA package. It allows the computer to execute sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s (megabytes per second). Input and Output operations per second will be faster using this SSD.

This performance is the equivalent in SSD to the transfer of a Full-HD movie in 3 seconds or downloads it in about 6 seconds. It promises to be a component for high-speed operations. Samsung is trying to surpass the hard drive versions with this product, attracting computer manufacturers into the micro SSD trend.

Source: Samsung News