Samsung samples new super high density NAND modules.
Despite conventional moving parts hard drives finally cracking the terrabyte last week it is clearer than ever than the SSD (Solid State Disk) is the way forward for mobile computing.
In fact if being quieter, lighter, quicker in everyday use and more energy efficient isn’t good enough, Samsung has just announced it will soon be able to double the formats current maximum capacity to 64GB.
The reason for this is a break through in new high density (50nm) NAND flash memory modules – the building blocks for flash storage products – which at 16Gb double the previous 8Gb best. The knock on effect is that if twice as much storage can be squeezed into the same space then products based on it can potentially double in capacity. So while current 32GB SSDs may prove a little restrictive in a modern laptop, 64GB offers much more breathing space.
Capacity isn’t the only knock on effect of this move either, the die-shrink sees manufacturing costs reduce and performance improve. In the case of data rates for example, Samsung is claiming we could witness boosts by as much as 150 per cent. Mass production starts in Q1 so we should start seeing the first products in Q2.
There will no doubt be a hefty price premium attached to the first 64MD SSDs, but many – myself included – will see it as money well spent.