Samsung unleashes 16TB SSD, the world’s largest hard drive at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. The new SSD has a standard 2.5-inch enclosure, but it is twice as thick as the 2.5-inch drives used commonly in consumer products.
Some insights into PM1663a, The World’s Largest Hard Drive:
The world’s largest hard drive is named PM1663a and is powered by Samsung’s new 3D vertical-NAND flash memory chips, which according to the company is the world’s highest capacity computer storage device.
Samsung unleashes 16TB SSD named PM1663a will have an actual formatted storage capacity of 15.36TB. This monster SSD will be targeted exclusively at enterprise-grade markets and data centers with massive capacity and speed requirements.
Traditionally, SSD’s have lagged behind regular hard drives when it comes to storage capacity, so the South Korean giant has had to seriously innovate with the PM1663a. Inside the world’s largest hard drive you will find stacks and stacks of the Samsung’s latest 256Gbit NAND flash dies, which have double the capacity of the 128Gbit NAND flash dies used currently.
According to a report Ars Technica, there will be nearly 480 to 500 of the dies inside the new SSD. Samsung unleashes 16TB SSD, which is capable of around 2 million IOPS (input/output operations per second) and if we compare it to the average consumer SSD’s today, they can only do 90,000 IOPS.
Samsung unleashes 16TB SSD, the world’s largest hard drive and you may want to know about its pricing. But, the price or availability of PM1663a has not been announced yet. However, according to our sources, it may cost between $5,000 and $7,000.