Samsung Unveils New Serial ATA-600 Solid-State Drives with 512GB Capacity

Samsung Introduces SATA-600 SSDs with up to 512GB Capacity

by Anton Shilov
08/11/2011 | 02:18 PM

Samsung Electronics on Thursday introduced its new family of solid-state drives that use new controllers, Serial ATA-600 interface and provide up to 512GB capacities. Samsung targets the new drives for notebooks and tablets.


The new Samsung PM830 SSDs are based on Samsung's multi-level cell NAND flash memory with toggle DDR interface made using 20nm-class process technologies and are available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities. The drives provide maximum sequential read speeds up to 500MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 350MB/s. The drives feature  proprietary NAND controller that ensures maximum possible performance levels that take full advantage of the toggle DDR architecture and the SATA 6Gb/s interface.

The latest PM830 SSDs drive also features the industry’s highest level of security, which uses an AES 256-bit encryption algorithm to protect personal or corporate data from unauthorized access.

“Samsung’s new line up of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs. The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gb/s-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly,” said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales and marketing at device solutions of Samsung Electronics.

According to market research firm IDC, the global outlook for client-side SSDs is expected to grow ten-fold from 11 million units in 2011 to 100 million units in 2015. Moreover, the use of NAND in 256GB SSDs is forecast to more than double from 19% of all NAND used in SSDs in 2011 to 42% in 2015. Further, demand for 512GB SSDs is expected to grow from a 0.3% portion in 2011 to eight percent in 2015, also underscoring the growing interest in higher density SSDs.

The new high-performance SSD line-up is targeted for use in premium OEM notebooks, and tablets. Pricing is unknown, but usually Samsung sells its solid-state drives directly to PC makers, which is why it may fluctuate depending on the exact deal.