SAMSUNG HAS LAUNCHED its first solid state disk (SSD) drive based on the 3D V-NAND specification to the consumer market.
The V-NAND specification was revealed at the Flash Memory Summit in 2013, but it appears for the first time in the Samsung 850 Pro, which comes in 128GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities.
"With the new 850 PRO V-NAND SSD, Samsung is introducing the next major evolution of SSD technology, taking the lead in delivering high-density SSDs with outstanding endurance, performance and energy efficiency," said Unsoo Kim, SVP of the branded product marketing team at Samsung Electronics.
He added, "We are fully committed to establishing an innovative computing environment by providing customers with leading-edge V-NAND SSDs with unrivalled performance."
Along with the SATA3 interface capable of 6GBps traffic, the drive has a read performance of up to 550MBps or 100,000 Input/Output operations per second (IOPS) and write of 520MBps or 90,000 IOPS. This compares favourably against the specifications of other SSD drives.
The drive incorporates a Dynamic Thermal Guard designed to control its temperature, making overheating and subsequent data loss less likely.
The Samsung 850 Pro launch follows on from enterprise versions of the 3D-NAND drive released in June. UK pricing and availability for the drive are yet to be announced.
Last year, Samsung sold its traditional spindle drive division to rival Seagate as it put all its efforts into the burgeoning solid state market. µ