V-NAND

​Samsung has been an active participant in the high-performance external SSD market with their Portable SSD series. The T1 was introduced in early 2015, while the T3 came out in early 2016. The T3 was the first retail product to utilize Samsung's 48-layer TLC V-NAND. Today, Samsung is launching the Portable SSD T5. It is a retail pilot vehicle for their 64-layer TLC V-NAND as they ramp up its production. The Portable SSD T5 also moves up to a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface, while retaining the same compact form factor and hardware encryption capabilities of the Portable SSD T3. Read on for our analysis of the product's performance and value proposition.

Samsung At Flash Memory Summit: 96-Layer V-NAND, MLC Z-NAND, New Interfaces

At Flash Memory Summit this week, Samsung is sharing details of their storage technology roadmaps and showing off several prototypes. Last year, Samsung announced their fourth generation of 3D NAND...

6 by Billy Tallis on 8/9/2017

Samsung’s Multi-Billion Fab in Pyeongtaek Starts Production of 64-Layer V-NAND

Samsung on Tuesday announced that it had started mass production of 64-layer V-NAND memory in its newly build fab in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, and the first batch had already...

17 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2017

Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

UPDATE: New features unveiled during the presentation and Q&A session are described below. Here at Samsung's SSD Global Summit in South Korea, the company has just officially unveiled their next...

139 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2016

Samsung at Flash Memory Summit: 64-layer V-NAND, Bigger SSDs, Z-SSD

At Flash Memory Summit, Samsung announced their fourth generation of 3D NAND and several of the more obvious SSD upgrades it enables. Taking a page from Intel and Micron's...

51 by Billy Tallis on 8/11/2016

Samsung’s SSD 850 EVO 4 TB Now Available from Major Retailers

Samsung quietly added its 4 TB 850 EVO SSD model to the product to the lineup back in May (according to its own datasheet) without making any formal announcements...

29 by Anton Shilov on 7/22/2016

The Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSD Review

The arrival of Samsung's 256Gb 48-layer 3D NAND has allowed the 850 EVO product line to expand once more with the introduction of the first 4TB consumer SSD: a...

146 by Billy Tallis on 7/11/2016

Samsung Begins Mass Production of PM971: Tiny BGA SSDs with 1500 MB/s Read Speed

Samsung this week said that it had begun mass production of its first SSDs in BGA form-factor. The PM971-NVMe tiny drive weighs about one gram, can store up to...

40 by Anton Shilov on 6/1/2016

Samsung Readies New Cost-Effective SSDs Featuring Maia Controller

Thanks to introduction of the PCIe-based M.2 form-factor and subsequent removal of SATA III bandwidth constraints, the evolution of high-performance SSDs has been quite spectacular in the recent years...

29 by Anton Shilov on 3/23/2016

Samsung Shows Off SM961 and PM961 SSDs: OEM Drives Get a Boost

At Samsung's annual SSD Forum Japan, the company has demonstrated two previously-unannounced high-performance client SSDs. The new SM961 and the PM961 drives are based on the company’s Polaris controller...

48 by Anton Shilov on 3/23/2016

Samsung Demos Its First BGA SSD: 1500 MB/s Read Speed and Tiny Package

In the recent years SSDs in M.2 form-factor have greatly reduced the amount of space required for storage sub-systems inside modern PCs. However, as computers get even smaller, there...

38 by Anton Shilov on 3/22/2016

Samsung Details 3rd Gen V-NAND Rollout: 4TB 850 Pro, 1TB 850 EVO M.2, & More In 2016

Along with announcing the new 2nd generation V-NAND based 950 Pro SSD, Samsung also detailed some of their plans for the rollout of drives based on their recently announced...

23 by Ryan Smith & Billy Tallis on 9/22/2015

Samsung Announces 950 Pro SSD, Their First Consumer V-NAND + NVMe SSD

We’re here at Samsung’s SSD Global Summit, the company’s annual SSD technology reveal. This event is typically held mid-summer, however with MERS concerns in South Korea this year, the...

49 by Ryan Smith & Billy Tallis on 9/22/2015

Samsung SSD Update: 48-layer 256Gbit TLC 3D NAND & Three New TLC SSDs Announced

When Samsung took the stage at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, they admittedly didn't deliver any bombshell announcements on the scale of the Intel/Micron 3D XPoint surprise, but they...

61 by Billy Tallis on 8/13/2015

The 2TB Samsung 850 Pro & EVO SSD Review

For the past two years, client SSD capacities have been stumbling at 1TB. The cost of NAND is still too high to make terabyte drives a mainstream capacity, but...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 7/23/2015

Samsung Releases PM863 & SM863 Enterprise SATA SSDs: Up to 3.84TB with 3D V-NAND

At CES, Samsung displayed a variety of new SSD solutions, including PM863 and SM863, the company's new SATA 6Gbps enterprise drives. At the time Samsung was only sampling its...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 7/20/2015

Samsung Launches New 2TB SSD 850 EVO And 850 PRO Models

Due to what Samsung is citing as a surge in demand for larger capacity SSDs, they have now launched two new models offering up to two terabytes of storage...

57 by Brett Howse on 7/7/2015

The Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA/M.2 Review

Four months ago Samsung introduced the world to TLC V-NAND in the form of SSD 850 EVO. It did well in our tests and showed that 3D NAND technology...

58 by Kristian Vättö on 3/31/2015

Samsung Displays New 3D V-NAND Based Enterprise SSDs at CES 2015

Along with the release of the SM951 PCIe SSD, Samsung had several new enterprise SSDs on display at the show. The PM863 and SM863 are SATA 6Gbps drives and...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 1/15/2015

Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung hasn't stopped impressing me in the SSD space. The early Samsung SSDs weren't very good, but ever since the introduction of the SSD 830 Samsung has been doing...

96 by Kristian Vättö on 12/8/2014

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