​Samsung launches 1g-weighing 512GB SSD

Samsung has launched the PM971 series of SSD in a single ball grid array (BGA) package that weighs only 1 gram but packs 512GB of memory.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer

Samsung has begun mass production of solid-state drive (SSD) that weights only 1 gram but can pack up to 512GB memory for PCs, the company announced.

The world's largest memory chip maker launched the PM971-NVMe series, the first non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSDs in a single ball grid array (BGA) package.

The BGA NVMe SSD weighs only 1 gram and measures 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm, but packs all SSD components in it such as 16 48-layer 256-Gb V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometer 4Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, and a high-performance controller.

The compactness of the SSD will allow clients to better design their PCs, Samsung said.

It boasts read and write speeds of up to 1,500MBps and 900MBps, respectively, which allows it to download a Full-HD movie in as fast as three seconds, the South Korean tech giant said. Read and write IOPS goes up to 190,000 and 150,000 respectively, making it 1,500 times faster than HDDs.

The PM971-NVMe SSD series will come in 512GB, 256GB, and 128GB and will be available to customers this month, according to the company.

Earlier this month, Samsung launched its 512GB microSD card.

The tech giant continues to increase capacities of its memory line-up and the business is booming, having contributed heavy profits for its first quarter.

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