Samsung are well known for making some good SSDs.
However, it turns out that Samsung also has another accolade at the moment. During the Flash Memory Summit in California, USA they unviled an enterprise aimed 16 terabyte solid state drive. Just to give you an idea, you would be able to hold a little more than 4,000 two-hour movies encoded at 720p on this SSD.
Keep in mind that most hard drives from the likes of Western Digital(AKA) and Seagate seen in most PCs go up to only 10 terabytes.
Under the hood it uses a 32GB NAND Flash die. To get this much capacity, they use a 48 layer, 3 bit-per-cell 3D V-NAND in each die.
To put it simply, here’s a good way to think of 3D NAND (where things are flipped on their side). Rather than have a layer of memory cells on a place you have multiple layers of cells standing next to one another. The V in V-NAND means that these cells are vertical.
The 16-terabyte drive (actual capacity 15.36TB) must use between 480 and 500 of Samsung’s new 256Gbit dies.
At the time of publishing we do not know how much one of these will cost or when it will be available. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.
What’s the largest hard drive in your computer? Let me know in the comments.