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The 3-bit NAND SSD for datacenters goes in the mass production

May. 2. 2014
The 3-bit NAND SSD for datacenters goes in the mass production Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started mass production of the first 3bit NAND based SSDs for servers and data centers. The technology is designed to enable data center to improve the workload in terms of social networking, Web browsing and e-mail, and to increase the working efficiency of its users.

First installations of 3bit-MLC (MLC = Multi-Level-Cell) NAND SSDs are initially expected in large data centers . Samsung expects that it should be already implemented later in this quarter.

It's not brand new production of 3bit NAND based SSDs. Last year, this Korean company introduced the technology for PCs. Now says Young-Hyun Jun, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics, " We expect SSD market growth will gain momentum as this new SSDs delivers significant improvements in data centers investment efficiency", and he added "

This will lead to full-fledged commercialization of SSDs in IT systems later this year. " The new SSDs with the name of "PM853T" are available in capacities of 240 gigabytes(GB) , 480GB and 960GB. It'll be provided for the use in large data centers, online services such as social media, Internet browsing and e-mail.


Everything on Measuring
The 3bit SSDs offer a high Random IOPS performance (IOPS = inputs/Outputs per second) and " Quality of Service" (QoS). Both are important for server applications in data centers and clouds. Given these advantages, Samsung expects the integration of 3bit SSDs in data centers will push strongly the exchange of 2-bit SSD products.

In broadening the market base for SSDs , the new SSD models of PM853T will enable IT managers to optimize their SSD upgrades to investments similar to those in consumer SSDs. With PM853T an 30 percent increase is achieved in manufacturing efficiency compared to SSDs with 2 bit NAND flash components.

Utilizing Samsung's 10 nanometer (nm) class 3bit NAND Flash components and based on latest controller technology , the new Solid State Drive offers a sequential read speed of 530 megabytes per second (MB/s) and a sequential write speed of 420 MB/s. In addition, the SSD reads data randomly with 90,000 IOPS . It allows random writes of 14,000 IOPS in continuous operation.


The market opportunities
Since the production of NAND -based 3bit " 840 EVO SSD " in 2012, Samsung has taken the lead position as a provider of SSDs for ultra-thin notebooks and PCs. With the product PM853T the company secures a strong position in High Performance SSDs for large data centers .

According to a market research report from IHS iSuppli, global SSD market is expected to grow by about 30 percent. From $ 9.4 billion in 2013 to $ 12.4 billion in 2014. It's also mentioned in the news that the SSD market will maintain high growth rates in the coming years, reaching 20 billion dollars in 2017.

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Source: DataCenter Insider News

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