Samsung Electronics, the world’s leading manufacturer of NAND flash memory, has introduced the industry’s first solid state drive (SSD) based on its 3D V-NAND flash memory. Samsung announced its new SSD, designed for use in enterprise servers and data centers, during a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit 2013.
Samsung's V-NAND SSD comes in 960GB and 480GB versions. The 960GB version boasts the highest level of performance, offering more than 20% increase in sequential and random write speeds by utilizing 64 dies of MLC 3D V-NAND flash, each offering 128Gb of storage, with a Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface controller. The new V-NAND SSD also offers 35K program erase cycles and is available in a 2.5”/7mm form-factor, which provides server manufacturers with more design flexibility and scalability.
"By applying our 3D V-NAND - which has overcome the formidable hurdle of scaling beyond the 10nm class, Samsung is providing its global customers with high density and exceptional reliability, as well as an over 20% performance increase and an over 40% improvement in power consumption. As we pioneer a new era of memory technology, we will continue to introduce differentiated green memory products and solutions for the server, mobile and PC markets to help reduce energy waste and to create greater shared value in the enterprise and for consumers," said E.S. Jung, executive vice president, semiconductor R&D center at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung's proprietary 3D V-NAND technology achieves manufacturing productivity improvements over twice that of 20nm-class planar NAND flash, by using cylinder-shaped 3D charge trap flash cell structures and vertical interconnect process technology to link the 24 layers comprising the 3D cell array.
"The 3D V-NAND will drive disruptive innovation that can be compared to a Digital Big Bang in the global IT industry, and contribute to much more significant growth in the memory market,” said Mr. Jung.
Samsung will continue to introduce next-generation V-NAND products with enhanced performance to meet diverse customer needs for NAND flash-based storage. These customer focuses will range from large data centers that can realize higher investment potential based on greater performance and energy efficiency to PC applications that place a high priority on cost-effectiveness and high density, further strengthening Samsung's business competitiveness.
Samsung said it began producing its new V-NAND SSDs earlier this month.