Samsung unveils 512GB SSD the size of a postage stamp

Samsung has begun producing the industry’s first NVMe PCIe SSD in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs.

The new SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features a compact package that includes NAND flash memory, DRAM, and a controller.

The PM971-NVMe SSD was made possible by combining 16 of Samsung’s 48-layer 256Gb V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometer 4Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip, and a high-performance Samsung controller.

The new SSD is 20 x 16 x 1.5 mm and weighs about one gram – this is approximately one hundredth the volume of a 2.5-inch SSD, and its surface area is about a fifth of an M.2 SSD.

Sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s and 900MB/s respectively are available when TurboWrite technology is used, said Samsung.

The PM971-NVMe SSD range will be available in 512GB, 256GB, and 128GB storage options.

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