The chipmaker Samsung Electronics said on Thursday that it had begun mass producing 19 kinds of solid-state drives (SSD) for enterprise PCs. The next-generation SSDs highlighted by new software technologies enable improved stability and performance.
Samsung hopes to broaden the gap between itself and its competitors with its new SSDs. At present, the U.S.-China and Korea-Japan trade wars, and falling memory chip prices caused an aggravated business environment for the tech giant.
According to Samsung, the next-generation SSDs contain three software technologies: virtualization technology that enables multiple users to have independent virtual workspaces; V-NAND machine learning technology increases the data reading accuracy; and fail-in-place (FIP) technology that ensures a fail-safe SSD.
The virtualization technology enables a maximum subdivision of 64 smaller SSDs from a single SSD so that multiple users can utilize independent virtual workplaces. This technology can help cloud storage providers to extend their services to more number of users.
FIP technology, with features of detection of a faulty chip, scanning for any damage in data and then relocating the data into working chips, marks a “new milestone” in the history of storage devices, said Samsung.
“The FIP software ensures that SSDs maintain normal operation even when errors occur at the chip level, enabling a never-dying SSD for the first time in the industry,” the company said. “In the past, failure in just one out of several hundred NAND chips meant having to replace an entire SSD, resulting in system downtime and additional drive replacement costs.”
Mass production of the 19 new SSDs using those software technologies started in August. The next-generation products have a broad assortment of storage capacity, ranging from 0.8 terabytes to 30.72 terabytes. The wide variety caters the diverse needs of its customer companies.
Samsung added it would continue to produce industry-leading SSD products to cement its place as the world’s No.1 SSD maker and further strengthen its edge as a premium brand.
“We are combining breakthrough speeds and capacities with revolutionary software as we accelerate expansion in the premium SSD market,” said Kyung Kye-hyun, executive vice president of the company’s memory solution product and development division.
“We plan to introduce additional innovations led by our most advanced sixth-generation V-NAND in helping to trigger a lot more growth in the global IT market,” a Samsung executive said. He added that the company would continue to produce industry-leading SSD products.
IHS Markit reports the global market share of Samsung to be 29.6 percent as of 2019, making it the leader in the fast-growing SSD market. The SSD market is expected to grow from $24.1 billion this year and to a staggering $35.3 billion in 2023.
Featured image grabbed from Samsung’s website.