CES 2015: Samsung unveils tiny SSD that packs 1TB

New drive crams 1TB of data into a package smaller than a credit card - and boasts fast read/write speeds to boot.

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Big data in a small package: The 1TB Samsung portable SSD Samsung

It's a new year and there is no sign that the pace of innovation in storage is slowing anytime soon, with Samsung choosing CES 2015 to roll out its latest tiny solid-state disk drive (SSD) with an enormous data capacity.

The Samsung Portable SSD T1 is a one terabyte disk drive in a package that is smaller than a credit card - 72mm by 52mm in comparison to a credit card's dimensions of 85mm by 53.98mm. That is one small package in which to cram one terabyte - or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes - of data.

The drive is aimed at business travellers, creative professionals, and content creators who need secure local storage in large quantities. It is available in three sizes: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB and according to Samsung it should be available in 15 countries across Asia, Europe (including the UK), and the US later this month.

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Samsung is claiming "unparalleled" read/write speeds for the device, with sequential read/write speeds of up to 450 megabytes per second with a USB 3.0 interface, and random read/write speeds of up to 8,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) and 21,000 IOPS respectively.

In fact, the drive has sequential read/write speeds of up to 450 megabytes per second (MB/s) with a USB 3.0 super speed interface and random read/write speeds of up to 8,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) and 21,000 IOPS respectively.

The company also claims that the write speed is "as responsive and fast as an internal SSD and up to 100 times faster than an external hard disk drive (HDD)". Depending on the file size, the Portable SSD T1 has a data transfer speed of four times faster than an external HDD, the company said in a statement. This means that it takes only eight seconds to transfer a 3GB file and 27 seconds for a 10GB file.

Each unit of the Portable SSD T1 comes with a three-year limited warranty, and the price starts at £154.79 for the smaller 250GB version. No price for the larger drives has been given yet.

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