2.5 inches of pure speed and power.
Samsung is really good at making SSD devices. If you're a fan of the company, you'll probably remember the release of its 15.36TB drive that, at the time, had the most capacity of any storage product in the 2.5-inch form factor. Earlier today, however, the company blew its own record out of the water with the announcement of a 30.72TB drive (exactly double the capacity of its SSD).
The product, which the company has eloquently dubbed the PM1643, was built by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. These new sticks are half the size of their predecessor. Samsung estimates that the super-dense 1TB packages allow the holding of approximately 5,700 5-gigabyte (GB), full HD movie files. According to The Verge, that's roughly 500 days of non-stop video.
To match the increased capacity, Samsung also made some significant adjustments to the speed of the device. The company claims performance levels also weigh in at around twice that of their previous generation, noting that "based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface, the new PM1643 drive features random read and write speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively. These represent approximately four times the random read performance and three times the sequential read performance of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD."
Though no official price or release date has been announced, Samsung started manufacturing the 30.72TB SSDs back in January and, now that they have the form down, plan to expand the lineup later this year. This means that we'll also be getting 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions. While we may not see this card popping up in phones or laptops anytime soon, it's a good trend for the industry. Samsung is really pushing for its competitors to push the capacity of its own drives, specifically attempting to accelerate the transition from hard disk drives (or HDDs) to SSDs.