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Samsung Electronics on Monday said that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first PCI-Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) for next-generation ultra-slim notebook PCs. The new SSDs boast extreme performance thanks to high-speed interface and new NAND flash controller developed internally. At the same time, the SSDs are very small and come in M.2 form-factor.

The new Samsung XP941 delivers a level of performance that easily surpasses the speed limit of a Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. Samsung XP941 enables a sequential read performance of 1400MB/s, which is the highest performance available with a PCIe 2.0 interface. The XP941 lineup consists of 512, 256 and 128GB SSDs. The XP941 comes in the new M.2 form factor (80mm*22mm), weighing approximately six grams – about a ninth of the 54 grams of a Serial ATA-based 2.5” SSD. Also, the XP941’s volume is about a seventh of that of a 2.5” SSD, freeing up more space for the notebook’s battery and therein providing the opportunity for increased mobility that will enhance user convenience.

“With the Samsung XP941, we have become the first to provide the highest performance PCIe SSD to global PC makers so that they can launch leading-edge ultra-slim notebook PCs this year. Samsung plans to continue timely delivery of the most advanced PCIe SSD solutions with higher density and performance, and support global IT companies providing an extremely robust computing environment to consumers,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics.

By mass producing the new PCIe SSD, Samsung has established the groundwork for a significant transition into the new paradigm in the global SSD market which enables increasing the performance and the memory storage capacity of SSDs at the same time.

Samsung started providing the new SSD to major notebook PC makers earlier this quarter.

Samsung intends to continuously expand its production volumes of high-performance 10nm-class NAND flash memory, in helping the company to maintain its lead in PCIe SSDs for ultra-slim PCs and notebook PCs. Furthermore, Samsung plans to introduce next-generation enterprise NVMe SSDs in a timely manner to also take the lead in that high-density SSD market, adding to its competitive edge.

Tags: Samsung, SSD, NAND, Flash, 10nm, PCIe, PCI Express

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nice, its just a shame Samsung don't see fit to also include a generic micro PCI-express controller on all their new arm cortex SoC so OEMS can include x2 cheap micro PCI e slots on their future tablets IO panels so end users can get away from the current slow micro SD cards we have to use today...


this and the complimentry cheap micro sata should be generic across all platforms today,I'd love to buy a few of thes e super small/fast storage to replace the USB/micro SD cards right now but can't oc, as Samsung or the other vendors don't include a fast external arm sock interconnect today and that's a shame.
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The dolts that thought up mini-PCIe only thought fit to make it an x1 link. A tragic comedy, such shortsighted folly as that!

There's also a massive nest of bad design decisions that've been poured into mini-PCIe, with people doing weird things to mux mSATA in in very non-standard ways.

NGFF is basically the cleanup in the aftermath of these two very very bad issues: it has well defined ways to be used for SATA or PCIe, and it has a x4 link.
0 0 [Posted by: rektide  | Date: 06/18/13 03:56:18 AM]
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No time like the present to kick off a #ThroughputDensity revolution!! Huzzah, welcome to the stage NGFF!

Adata was showing off some 1800MB/s NGFF parts at Computex. Supposedly based on next gen LSI Sandforce kit. XNP280E. Happy to see Samsung joining the fray too- they've been doing a great job forging ahead with their own drive controllers, and there's a number of places Samsung controllers seem to really shine.
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very interesting, the world was such a drag. How far is Israel on this?
0 0 [Posted by: Karsten Matthijs Hartog  | Date: 02/01/14 03:30:22 PM]
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