MEMORY MAKER Samsung has announced its low-end SSD 840 EVO solid-state disk (SSD) drive, claiming it is an SSD for everyone.
Samsung has been aggressively pushing SSDs after selling its hard drive business to Seagate. The firm's 840 series SSDs have been well received, and now the firm has announced the SSD 840 EVO with up to 1TB of capacity and more modest performance and prices.
Despite Samsung pitching the SSD 840 EVO at the low end of the market, the headline performance figures are still impressive. The firm said its range topping 1TB unit has read and write bandwidth of 540MBps and 520MBps, respectively, and is capable of delivering 98,000 I/Os per second (IOPS).
The flash storage vendor said its SSD 840 EVO will be available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities. The firm said all drives will use 10nm class NAND flash memory and include the firm's own MEX controller.
Young-Hyun Jun, EVP of memory sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics said, "After accelerating the growth of the SSD market with last year's launch of entry-level, high-performance SSDs, we are introducing much faster SSDs with up to 1TB capacities offering consumers a wider range of choices.
"Samsung continues to enhance its SSD brand image by delivering the industry's highest quality solutions and continuously increasing its SSD market share by expanding the adoption of higher density SSDs especially in client PC segments."
Samsung's decision to bring out a 1TB SSD aimed at the consumer market is a signal that prices of high capacity SSDs should fall in the coming 18 months. It also provides another warning to Seagate and Western Digital that they can't rely on terabyte HDD capacities to fend off SSD makers forever. µ
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