Drool: Samsung takes world’s largest hard drive mantle with new 16TB SSD beauty
While most eyes were drawn to Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd.’s launch of new phones Thursday, the company also announced to less fanfare a possibly far more import new product: the world’s largest hard drive.
The unexcitedly named PM1633a is reported to offer a staggering 16 terabytes into a 2.5 inch package, compared to the largest drives on the market today offered by Seagate and Western Digital that hit 8 or 10 terabytes.
But if the storage capacity isn’t remarkable enough, its gets better: Samsung’s new drive isn’t a conventional magnetic spinning drive, but a solid-state drive (SSD,) complete with all the benefits of speed they entail.
SSD’s have traditionally lagged behind conventional hard drives when it comes to storage, so Samsung has had to seriously innovate with the PM1663a, implementing the company’s new 256Gbit (32GB) NAND flash die, while cramming in 48 layers of 3-bits-per-cell (TLC) 3D V-NAND into a single die, up from the 36 layers it offered in SSD’s starting from 2014.
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