Samsung launches massive 15 terabyte solid state drive,If you’re in the market for the absolute largest solid state drive money can buy, Samsung has your number. The South Korean technology giant is now shipping a massive 16 terabyte (technically 15.36TB) solid state drive that’s also blazingly fast.
The PM1633a is a standard-sized 2.5-inch SSD that utilizes 512 of Samsung’s third-generation 256Gb V-NAND memory chips. The 256Gb dies are stacked in 16 layers to form a single 512GB package, with a total of 32 NAND flash packages in the drive.
In terms of performance, the PM1633a boasts sequential read and write speeds of up to 1,200MB/s. Random read and write speeds are rated at up to 200,000 and 32,000 IOPS, respectively. Samsung says it supports 1 DWPD (drive writes per day) meaning 15.36TB of data can be written every day without failure. There’s also a “highly dependable” metadata protection mechanism in addition to a data protection and restoration tool that can be used in case of momentary blackout.
If you haven’t already guessed, this unfortunately isn’t a consumer-minded product as the PM1633a is based on a 12Gb/s serial attached SCSI (SAS) interface (in other words, it’s primarily for enterprise applications).
Pricing hasn’t yet been revealed but Samsung did say it will eventually provide a wide range of capacity options in the PM1633a SSD lineup with 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 480GB slated for release later this year.