by Anton Shilov
06/17/2013 | 12:40 PM
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.