Samsung the electronic manufacturing titan has just unveil the industry’s very first NVMe PCe solid state drive bundled up in a single BGA package. The new BGA NVMe SSD is christened the PM971-NVMe and per Samsung’s specs, contains all the essential SSD components such as NAND flash memory, controller and DRAM.
Samsung promises that all the additional specs will not compromise the longstanding tradition of delivering first-class performance. Samsung so Jung-bae Lee notes that the new Samsung NVMe SSD easily triples the performance of your typical everyday SATA SSD, has a humungous storage capacity of 512 GB and comes in the smallest form factor available which makes this small-scale SSD the primary choice amongst global PC companies that are actively working to launch slimmer and exceptionally stylish computing devices in the current computing environment. The market demands more capacity, higher performance, less maintenance and more compactness all the while retaining functionality and style. Samsung accomplished this feat by combining 16 of their 48-layer 256Gb V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometor 4Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip with a high-performance Samsung controller which allowed Samsung to configure the PM971-NVMe SSD into a single BGA package. The SSD weights a paltry one gram and is 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm which is approximately a hundredth of a 2.5” SSD or HDD. The surface area of the SSD is about a fifth of an M.2 SSD.
Samsung’s crown jewel is capable of delivering a performance that easily blows the speed limit of the SATA 6Gb/s interface out of the waters and its sequential read/write speed can climb upwards of 1,500MB/s and 900MB/s (megabytes per second) respectively, especially if the TurboWrite technology is enabled. Imagine downloading a Full-HD movie of 5GB in roughly 6 seconds. That is insane! The random read/write IOPS which is the input output operations per second is about 190K and 150K respectively which is a stark contrast to a hard drive which can only process up to 120 IOPS in random reads. This makes the new Samsung SSD more than 1500 times faster than your standard HDD. Those of you hoping to speed to your local vendors will have to wait as the new PM971-NVMe SSD line-up with options of 128, 256 and 512GB storage options won’t be available until later this month.