Samsung Announces 512GB NVMe SSD That's Smaller Than a Stamp

Samsung today announced that mass production has begun on a new NVMe PCIe solid state drive in a ball grid array package, the first of its kind to be available in large quantities. The SSD, called the PM971-NVMe, is tiny, merging all SSD components into a package that's smaller than a standard U.S. postage stamp.

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Designed for next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebooks, the PM971-NVMe measures in at 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighs approximately a gram. Its volume is about a hundredth of a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD, and it offers performance able to surpass a SATA 6Gb/s interface with sequential read/write speeds of up to 1500MB/s and 900MB/s, respectively.

According to Samsung, it takes 3 seconds to transfer a 5GB-equivalent full-HD movie and is up to 1500 times faster than a standard hard drive when it comes to random read/write input output operations per second (190K and 150K, respectively). Samsung plans to offer the SSD in 128, 256, and 512GB configurations.

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"Samsung's new BGA NVMe SSD triples the performance of a typical SATA SSD, in the smallest form factor available, with storage capacity reaching up to 512GB," said Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team, Samsung Electronics. "The introduction of this small-scale SSD will help global PC companies to make timely launches of slimmer, more stylish computing devices, while offering consumers a more satisfactory computing environment."
Apple has used Samsung SSDs in its Mac machines in the past, and it stands to reason that the company could adopt Samsung's newest technology in the future. There's no guarantee that will happen, but Apple often likes to include cutting-edge technology in its products.

Apple has been using a faster NVM Express interface for the SSDs of its most recent machines, starting with the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Intel is also developing next-generation 3D Xpoint SSD technology that's set to launch in 2016 in its forthcoming Optane solid state drives, another hardware option that may be of interest to Apple.

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48 months ago
Don't worry everyone, the next iMac will still come with a 5400rpm drive.
Rating: 72 Votes
48 months ago
That's pretty amazing
Rating: 31 Votes
48 months ago

...but Apple often likes to include cutting-edge technology in its products.

I wouldn't call 16GB storage "cutting-edge".

Jokes aside, this sounds awesome.
Rating: 27 Votes
48 months ago
I'm sure Apple will rush to get this soldered and non-upgradable storage into the Macs as soon as possible!
Rating: 20 Votes
48 months ago
Is this what love feels like?
Rating: 17 Votes
48 months ago
Gotta hand it to Samsung with this one. That's amazing!
Rating: 9 Votes
48 months ago

..., but Apple often likes to include cutting-edge technology in its products.

Before I owned any Apple products, this was always my impression of them. Would love to see Apple on the cutting-edge again.
Rating: 9 Votes
48 months ago
Why is Apple even using spinning hard drives anymore? Especially 5400rpm ones!
Rating: 8 Votes
48 months ago

Don't worry everyone, the next iMac will still come with a 5400rpm drive.


Introducing 32" iMac with 8K display, GTX 1080MX, 7700K i7 Kaby Lake @ 4.5 GHz. 1TB 5400rpm drive.
Rating: 8 Votes
48 months ago
First of all, this is great.
Second, I wonder if the limit of 512 is about physical limit or a business decision.
Rating: 7 Votes

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