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Samsung releases the world’s fastest gumstick SSD

Lucas Mearian | Sept. 22, 2016
The SSDs can withstand up to 1.2 petabytes of writes

On the 960 Pro and 960 EVO SSDs, Samsung is also introducing the fully rebuilt Magician software with a new user interface, with which users can control various SSD settings including firmware updates.

In May, Samsung announced it had begun mass-producing the world's smallest 512GB PCIe-connected SSD that also used the NVMe specification.

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Earlier this year Samsung released its smallest 512GB PCIe-connected SSD, the PM971, which is just 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm in size and weighs only about one gram.

Samsung's PM971-NVMe SSD was aimed at ultra-thin notebooks and was manufactured by combining 16 of Samsung's 48-layer, 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometer 4Gbit LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip and a high-performance Samsung controller.

The 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs are also based on Samsung's 48-layer V-NAND-based NAND flash, which stacks cells one atop another like a microscopic skyscraper for greater density and performance.

"We were proud to erect the NVMe era last year with the introduction of our 950 Pro SSD," Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Samsung's memory business, said in a statement. "Now, with the introduction of the NVMe 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs, Samsung is once again taking the next step in the multi-terabyte SSD technology and the storage revolution, providing users higher capacities and speeds than ever before within an NVMe PCIe drive to create new possibilities for consumers and business professionals."

 

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