Samsung ships PM1663a SSD in 15TB or 7TB capacities at $10,000

We are always hungry for space, be it your home, car, PC, laptop, smartphone, tablets, and for that matter even the external hard drive.

Well, there is some good news from Samsung. The South Korean electric giant has announced the world’s largest SSD (Solid State Drive) for $10,000, which is now available for shipping. It’s Samsung PM1663a SSD, which has 15TB or 7TB capacities. The 15TB SSD is primarily designed for large server systems or enterprise customers for use in data centers.

A solid-state drive (SSD, also known as a solid-state disk even though it contains neither an actual disk nor a drive motor to spin a disk) is a solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently.

Priced at $10,000, the 15.36TB SSD is one of the most expensive SSD storage drives. However, the price on the larger SSD may vary from retailer to retailer. For instance, SHI is selling the product at a reasonable price of $9,690 on pre-order, while CDW is asking for a whopping $10,311.99. You can also get a 7.68TB version of the drive for a little over $5,700.

Both the variants of Samsung SSDs are based on the company’s third-generation 256Gb TLC 3D V-NAND memory chips that were released last year. Samsung packs in 16 of the chips together for a small 512GB package and then uses 32 of those packages to build the largest of the PM1633a SSDs, leaving about 1 TB of NAND flash for overprovisioning. Specifically for this drive, Samsung developed a new proprietary controller to increase the performance offered.

Using a SAS-12Gbps interface, the 15.36TB SSD offers sequential read performance of up to 1200 MB/s and sequential write performance of up to 900 MB/s. As for random read/write operations, the 15.36 TB SSD can deliver up to 195,000 and 31,000 IPOPs respectively.

Users who are looking for lesser storage options that are reasonably priced can check for 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB, and 480GB models. Power consumption for the SSDs is around 4.5W idle and 11W active.

Source: Andantech