A few years ago it was tough to find solid state drives that could hold more than a few hundred gigabytes of data. Now Samsung is introducing a new SSD that can hold up to 16 terabytes.
The 2.5 inch PM1633a drive is designed for enterprise users, and it’ll likely be super-pricey. But the technology used in this storage could trickle down to smaller, cheaper drives in the future.
Samsung’s drive can hold about twice as much data as the largest 2.5 inch hard drives on the market, and significantly more than most SSDs as well.
What makes that possible is Samsungs 256 gigabit, 48-layer 3D V-NAND flash die which offers twice the density of previous models.
Samsung isn’t the only company working on high-capacity solid state storage. Toshiba and SanDisk recently announced plans to offer their own 256 gigabit, 48-layer NAND flash storage chips in 2016. And Intel and Micron’s new 3D Xpoint technology could leave NAND flash in the dust. The new storage technology is said to be up to be 1,000 times faster than NAND.