The world’s largest SSD has been unveiled, along with a hefty price tag

As more memory vendors try to compete to create the largest SSD drive, Samsung seems to be leading the way.

The firm has showcased its new 2.5-inch 16TB SSD drive, the PM1633a at the Flash Memory Summit in California this week, which is reportedly one of the largest SSDs in the world.

Before Samsung unveiled this SSD, some of the largest drives on the market reached capacities of up to 8TB and 10TB from the likes of Seagate and Western Digital.

But these new devices don’t come cheap, as Ars Technica revealed that Samsung will be selling the first units of the new 16TB SSD for an eye-watering $5,000 (£3,200), with prices expected to reach $7,000 (£4,481) for top versions.

Samsung has revealed that the new drives have been designed specifically for businesses and will most likely be used in servers.

The drive comes with 256Gbit NAND flash dies, which is twice the capacity of Samsung’s 128Gbit NAND flash dies.

To create this NAND, the firm has stuffed 48 layers of 3-bits-per-cell 3D V-NAND into a single die, which is up from 24 layers in 2013 and 36 layers in 2014.

Meanwhile, the firm has also launched two new smartphones, including the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5.

Both phones boast a 5.7-inch display and will go on sale later this year.

Image source: Ars Technica

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