South Korea electronics giant, Samsung made the announcement that is has begun production of its new ridiculously small 512GB SSD. A forward thinking onboard storage for the futuristic super-thin ultrabook.
The 512GB SSD NVMe PCIe is housed in a ball grid array casing; the US postage stamp is actually bigger than this SSD (Solid State Drive). It weighs about a gram and with body dimensions: 20mmx16mmx1.5mm.
The amazements does not stop there, with its teeny-weeny size, you would be forgiven for thinking Samsung compromised performance for size. Well, the opposite is true; as Jung-bae Lee, Senior VP of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team at Samsung said in a statement.
The performance of the 512GB SSD NVMe PCIe is “triple 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 PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices, while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment.”
Apparently the 512GB SSD has a read/write speed of up to 1,500MB/s while the SATA SSD has the speed of 900MB/s. The former can transfer a 5GB video in just three seconds. The company says it will produce the PM971-NVMe in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. Shipment will begin as early as next month.
It is worth noting that in the past, Apple used Samsung’s SSD in its Mac. It will not be far fetched to say future MacBook will spot PM971-NVMe SSD by Samsung. Then again, Apple is the type that always want to set the standards and other to follow, so it adopting Samsung innovation is not a guarantee.
Apple currently uses a faster NVM Express interface for SSDs in most of its latest machines like the 12-inch Retina MacBook.