SAMSUNG HAS BEGUN PRODUCTION of what it claims is the first vertical 3D NAND flash solid-state disk (SSD) drive to hit the consumer market.
The 32-layer 3D V-NAND is available in capacities between 128GB and 1TB and is aimed at high-end PC applications.
While this is the first 32-layer device, Samsung had previously released a data centre version of the drive based on 24-layer technology. The new drive is fabbed on the same equipment used as its predecessor and is more efficient to produce.
Samsung EVP for memory sales and marketing Young-Hyun Junm said that the company is working toward "high-performance, high-density V-NAND SSDs as well as core V-NAND chips for IT customers globally, contributing to fast market adoption of 3D NAND technology".
Samsung claimed that the 3D technology has twice the endurance for writing data, but consumes 20 percent less power than standard 2D fabricated NAND flash storage.
Samsung has concentrated its efforts on solid state memory in the last year after having sold its traditional spindle hard disk drive business to Seagate.
The future of storage seems to be in SSD drives, with prices falling and capacity and durability rising, and the news that they could soon be three times faster. With Computex just around the corner, it is widely expected that there will be a number of announcements based around flash memory, with high capacity SD cards and super-fast SATA drives expected to top the list.
Samsung was not able to give us prices for the new drives, nor dates when the drives will become availabile, but an announcement should be made soon. µ