4GB/s PCIe SSD

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#1

Samsung Electronics displayed “5th-Generation Green Memory Solution” at today’s Samsung Memory Solutions Forum 2013 held in Seoul.

http://it.donga.com/16200/

Both are Korean-language sources.

Samsung promised the attending CIO’s responsible for datacenters 4GB/s speed for PCIe SSD and 3.2GB/s speed for 20nm DDR 4. No picture of that new PCIe SSD.

Here are some of the earliest reviews of Samsung’s experimental PCIe SSDs, made obsolescent before becoming available at large stores.

http://www.thessdreview.com/our-reviews/samsung-xp941-m-2-pcie-ssd-review-512gb/ (English)

http://www.kbench.com/hardware/?no=122121&sc=3 (Korean)


#2

South Korea accounts for far less than 5% of the world’s computer storage market, but competitors take Samsung’s domestic market seriously for other reasons.

Western Digital’s Asia-Pacific marketing manager Patrick Lo once explained why SSD would never replace HDD. He predicted 75% of all cloud data would be stored in HDD in 2020. WD sells Se series optimized for SNB NAS at about US$75/TB. That’s about US$3,600 for 12-drive 48TB NAS including the cost of bare drives only.

http://it.donga.com/15321/ (Korean)

The author says the maximum size of SSD is 500GB and that of HDD is 1TB. He/she probably knows little about storage.

Pictures from Dong-A Ilbo.


#3

Here’s Samsung’s own press release regarding another “not-released-to-the-public-yet” technology, able to read at 3GB/s, with 700,000 IOPS.

New fabrication processes (for OLED, V-NAND, mobile AP, DDR 4…) and new plants always take time to mature, especially for less experienced players such as Samsung and TSMC, but I hear things are rather well progressing.

I don’t see why such technologies cannot be allowed in consumer environment in the imminent few months except that yield rates for new processes can leap from 40% to 80% in months, not hours.

One has to understand what sentences like this imply:

…which complete the industry’s largest line-up of SSD products and solutions for enterprise use. This will lead to even faster replacement of HDDs across the industry.

That means companies will have to switch sides and companies will need to replace and companies will discard plans and create new firms for new investment.

Unfortunately, there’s no sample drive, and I guess clients have to walk inside labs to find out what one million IOPS from a single drive can actually do. I don’t know what the world record is, but someone obviously achieved nearly 10 million IOPS in early 2013.

http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2013-03-05/fusion-io_achieves_more_than_nine_million_iops_from_a_single_iodrive2.html

Samsung Unveils New Solid State Drives at its Annual SSD Global Summit
Seoul, Korea on Jul. 18. 2013

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New High-speed 1TB SSD to expedite transition to SSDs

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today held the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit at the Westin Chosun Seoul in celebration of the launch of its new solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung SSD 840 EVO. Along with the announcement of its latest SSD under the theme of “SSDs for everyone”, the Samsung SSD Global Summit also explored the future of the global SSD market, which is quickly replacing the HDD market.

“After accelerating the growth of the SSD market by last year’s launch of entry-level, high-performance SSDs we are introducing a much faster SSDs with up to 1TB capacities offering consumers a wider range of choices,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung continues to enhance its SSD brand image by delivering the industry’s highest quality solutions and continuously increasing its SSD market share by expanding the adoption of higher density SSDs especially in client PC segments”

At this year’s event, Samsung unveiled new high-performance, high-density SSDs that offer over 1TB memory storage. Among the highlights were the 840 EVO, a consumer-oriented entry-level, high-performance SATA based SSD offering up to 1TB, and the XS1715, an ultra-fast NVMe* SSD for enterprise storage use offering up to 1.6TB.

As part of its strategy to expand into the consumer market and further popularize SSDs, Samsung plans to initially introduce the Samsung SSD 840 EVO to major global markets in early August. Samsung will expand into additional markets at a later date.

The new Samsung SSD 840 EVO line-up makes use of the industry’s most compact 10-nanometer class** 128Gb high-performance NAND flash memory, which Samsung began mass producing in April. With these chips and Samsung’s proprietary multi-core controller, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO achieves unrivaled value for performance with improved sequential read and write speeds.
In addition, Samsung has developed the XS1715, the industry’s first 2.5-inch NVMe SSD line-up. This device will expand Samsung’s market base for enterprise SSDs, and the company will make them available in the second half of this year.

The new NVMe SSD XS1715 delivers random read performance that is over 10 times faster than Samsung’s former high-end enterprise storage SSD. The new NVMe SSD utilizes both the PCIe 3.0 interface, which is approximately two times faster than the PCIe 2.0 interface, and NVM express technology which accelerates the SSD’s overall speed.

Samsung created the industry’s first SATA-based SSDs for ultra-slim notebook PCs and enterprise servers. Now, Samsung continues to improve on this development, providing SATA, SAS, PCIe and NVMe SSD line-ups which complete the industry’s largest line-up of SSD products and solutions for enterprise use. This will lead to even faster replacement of HDDs across the industry.

At this year’s Samsung SSD Global Summit, approximately 150 global business press, consumer media and power bloggers from twelve countries were invited, allowing Samsung to introduce high efficiency SSDs to global consumers and show participants just how simple it is to install and utilize SSDs in their notebooks.

Consumer-Oriented High-Performance Entry-Level SSD ’840 EVO’ Line-up Launch (up to 1TB)

Samsung has released the entry-level SSD ’840 EVO’ line-up with significantly higher sequential write performance. Utilizing the industry’s most compact 10nm-class 128Gb high-performance NAND, Samsung proprietary controller and Turbo Write drive, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO boasts superior performance. The Samsung SSD 840 EVO also has flexible product supply capacity, making it the most competitive device on the market today.

Compared with the 250GB 840 Series SSD, the highest selling capacity of the 840 lineup, the new 250GB 840 EVO now delivers 520MB/s sequential write speed – making it more than 2 times faster than last generation. In the case of 120GB model, the 840 EVO achieves 410MB/s sequential write speed, which is approximately 3 times as fast as that of the 120GB 840 Series SSD.

For the 1TB 840 EVO SSD, the sequential read/write performance has reached 540MB/s and 520MB/s. Furthermore, both the random read and write performance have achieved the highest level, reaching 98,000 IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) and 90,000 IOPS, respectively. This significantly enhances the user’s real-world computing experience, especially when he or she is dealing with very large data files.

The Samsung SSD 840 EVO line-up is available in five capacities: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB, supporting a wide range of computing environments and IT applications. It has also significantly narrowed the capacity-induced differences in performance, which gives consumers a broader spectrum of devices to choose from.

First to Develop 2.5″ NVMe SSD XS1715 for Next-Generation Enterprise Storage

Samsung has developed the industry’s first 2.5-inch (SFF-8639) NVM Express (NVMe) PCIe solid state drive (SSD), to open up the high-end enterprise storage market.

The newly developed high-speed 1.6TB NVMe SSD provides a sequential read speed at 3,000MB/s, which allows it to process 500GB of data (equivalent to 100 Full HD movies 5GB in length) in less than 3 minutes. When compared to other products with similar specifications, this new SSD is 14 times faster than a high-end enterprise HDD for server use, and six times faster than Samsung’s former high-end enterprise SSD storage.

The XS1715′s random read performance reaches up to 740,000 IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second), which is more than 10 times as fast as existing high-end SSD storage options.

The new NVMe SSD XS1715 comes in 400GB, 800GB and 1.6TB versions. It can also be found on the NVMe Integrators List (IL)**, which makes it an easy-to-manage and highly reliable solution for data center and server storage customers. System performance can be improved dramatically by upgrading to the NVMe SSD XS1715 from a 2.5-inch HDD or a 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

Over the next several years, Samsung expects to continue to develop a variety of NVMe SSD products with increasingly high performance levels.

By strengthening its eco-friendly cooperation with global enterprise customers through the production of low-power (green) NVMe SSDs, Samsung will endeavor to help its server and storage customers maximize the efficiency of their IT investments.

For more information about Samsung’s memory and SSD products, please visit www.samsung.com/GreenMemory and www.samsung.com/SSD.


#4

Something’s wrong here. Since the release of 470 and 830, there has been while 470 and 830 were just mass versions of Samsung’s previous SLC- and MLC-based products that had been almost entirely tailored to OEM requirements. There were 840, 840 Pro, 840 EVO, etc, but it almost stopped there. So Samsung’s probably planning to replace AHCI with NVMe for both consumer and enterprise as hinted in the picture. Samsung’s current PCIe consumer product available to OEM and retail’s XP941, not sure if there’s any other available in mass quantity. XS1715’s clearly meant for enterprise and it is based on NVMe reaching 3GB/s and nearly one million IOPS. Consumer counterpart’s planned for 2014 released and has no model name yet. Perhaps that’s why XP941’s so rare as review samples and products actually shipping to retail. At the moment, I can’t find one store selling XP941 in South Korea. The only thing close enough is OCZ’s, but its price is unrealistic, at least to most South Korean consumers. ZD4RM88-FH 3.2TB’s maximum IOPS is 500,000, fast enough for most consumers, but its lowest listed price is US$25,000. For the thing with NVMe and with capacity of 1-2TB max to succeed and replace SATA predecessors, it must be priced between US$50 (for smallest capacity) and US$500 (for largest). Anything priced at over US$500 cannot generate meaningful enough profits. Samsung must have offered very low prices to Sony and Apple. Intel’s planning to equip up to 10 SATA 600 ports for some motherboard chipsets. All those are better meant for conventional HDDs and ODDs. USB 3.0 was too late. It should have been adopted around the time IEEE 1394b was replacing IEE 1394a. The late arrival of NVMe PCIe standard to facilitate SSD adoption is significant, but it should have been done prior to making NAND-based SSD.




#5

[Edit]Something’s wrong here. Since the release of 470 and 830, there has been [B][almost nothing new][/B] while 470 and 830 were just mass versions of Samsung’s previous SLC- and MLC-based products that had been almost entirely tailored to OEM requirements.[/Edit]


#6

I believe the Samsung 830 was most probably the most reliable SSD ever made, for some unknown reason, the return rate on these SSDs is 90% less than other manufacturers, I am using statistics from my own store, I do a lot of replacing spinners in laptops for Mid sized companies that do not want to buy a new laptop but want a more efficient version of what they have. I have replaced almost 250 of these with 830s from Samsung, and never had a return. Using other brands I have also had good luck but nothing compared to Samsungs OEM 830.