Today at FMS 2016 in Santa Clara, California, Samsung led a Keynote that was sure to leave competitors wondering what the heck. In fact, the most memorable quote we had heard in years at this event just has to be “When you come to see our 3D wafer, you don’t need 3D glasses”, taking a friendly swipe at the Micron Keynote we published just yesterday.
The highlight of this keynote, of course, was Samsung’s announcement of their newest 4th Gen vertical V-NAND which has been increased to 64 layers, stacking 30% more layers of cell arrays than prior. This memory is triple level cell, 512Gb and capable of 800Mbps IO speed. A bit amusing perhaps is that one of these new wafers were on display, however heavily guarded initially with guards standing in front of the display to ensure no pictures were take.
Next up, Samsung introduced the worlds highest capacity SSD, breaking the scales at 32TB. This SAS SSD will come in the 2.5″ form factor, of course using Samsung newest 64 Layer V-NAND, will be available in 2017 and reduces a systems footprint by 40 times compared to that of a HDD rack system.
Samsung’s display of this new SSD was rather clever as it levitated inside a sealed case, however, provided little opportunity for a close up of the drive itself. A later opportunity enabled this shot:
Next up was Samsung’s newest release of their 1TB NVME BGA SSD which is without a doubt the smallest and most powerful SSD you will find on this planet. Imagine the power this can give to mobile devices:
Smaller than a penny, this is a fully functioning SSD with memory, cache and a controller, and will have performance specifications of 1.5GB/s read and 800MB/s write data transfer speeds. It will be released in 2017 and will adopt a high density packaging that will become known as FO-PLP (Fan-out Panel Level Packaging).
Next up was a great demonstration using Samsung’s latest PM863 2TB M.2 SSD which is situated in the Facebook Lightning JBOF System. 60 PM863 M.2 SSDs can account for 115TB of storage:
As we can see in the comparison chart, this 2Tb SSD PM863 is performing at over 400,000 IOPS with throughput of 2GB/s read and 1.2GB/s write. The PM863 is also available in U.2 form factors where each 2.5″ SSD can then reach 7.68TB and is hot plug compatible.