Insane 16 TB in a single solid state drive: Samsung’s new PM1633a uses for the record capacity, the recently introduced 3D flash devices of the third generation. A first data center rack with the new SSDs deliver 768 terabytes.
The memory manufacturer Samsung has presented at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, the hitherto largest SSD in the world. The PM1633a called solid state drive has a total capacity of 15.36 Tbyte – more than any modern hard drive – and is delivered in 2.5-inch format. Previous leaders were Samsung’s own PM863 SSD with 3.84 TB and elaborate built Optimus Max Sandisk 4 terabytes. The trick of the new Samsung PM1633a are probably multiple boards in a housing and the recently announced 256-Gbit TLC flash devices.
Since the show floor of the Flash Memory Summit 2015 opens tomorrow and Samsung issuing the PM1633a there, we have no details on the new solid state drive. Possibly installed Samsung two boards, each with 16 flash Packages and plugged into each of these chip package 16 of TLC this. Such a configuration would result in 16 TB – but the PM1633a sees the rendered images in the presentation of so thick that we rather start from three interconnected circuit boards inside.
During the presentation Samsung went back on a 256-Gbit Flash TLC and compared him to the second generation. The only delivers 128 GB that is the equivalent 16 instead of 32 GB per memory module. The new flash chips with 48 instead of 32 layers of stacked 3-bit cells demonstrated According to a Samsung 40 percent higher density and are at double speed in only about half as much energy.
When the PM1633a SSD be available for customers and what they will cost, Samsung has not yet revealed. However, should the 48 SSDs are installed in a rack, such a structure called the producers jokingly as JBOF (Just a Bunch of Flash). The reference system has a capacity of 768 terabytes and is expected to reach two million Iops.