The rate of technological developments today has become more far-reaching and is increasingly showing an upward trend. We have seen companies in past competing for the world’s largest storage dive crown and just last year, Seagate and Western Digital tried to take the lead with their 8TB and 10TB HDDs, respectively. However in light of recent events, Samsung was able to snatch the title away with unveiling of its massive 16TB SSD (usable capacity, 15.36TB).
The SSD can fit into a 2.5 inch enclosure, among the reasons of this drives insane density is the 3D NAND / V-NAND technology this new type of stacks 48-layer chips and is said to have 1.8 billion channel holes. The massive storage come at the cost of performance, in fact the drive is fast with ratings at two million input/output operations per second.
The Korean based company however seems to be aiming towards the server market due to the obviously high storage requirements. The company, as of yet, hasn’t announced the definitive release date for this impressive product hence we will not be seeing the 16TB drive on our computers very soon.
Samsung claims that it can stack up to 100 layers with current V-NAND technology that would definitely mean a massive improvement and will allow to maintain its position on top of the hill for a very long time, however we are well aware that it gets harder and harder to stack. It is a simple matter of time to know how much storage can we squeeze out from this technology.
Samsung has not formally announced the price tag over its PM1633a, one would expect that such a product might stay out of the average consumers hand. Indeed we’re seeing some of this technology trickle down to the consumer market and its only a matter of time when 16TB becomes a common commodity.
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