Samsung mass-produces 19 next-generation SSDs

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of 19 kinds of new solid-state drives (SSDs) for enterprise PCs, highlighted by fresh software technologies enabling improved performance and stability.

With the new SSDs, Samsung aims to widen the market share gap between itself and its competitors, at a time when the tech giant is struggling with an aggravated business environment caused by U.S.-China and Korea-Japan trade tensions and falling memory chip prices.

According to Samsung, it has applied three software technologies to the latest SSDs. They are fail-in-place (FIP) technology that ensures a fail-safe SSD; virtualization technology that enables multiple users to have independent virtual workplaces; and V-NAND machine learning technology that increases the data reading accuracy.

Among the three, Samsung said the FIP technology marks a “new milestone” in the history of storage devices as it can detect a faulty chip, scan for any damage in data and then relocate the data into working chips.

“The FIP software ensures that SSDs maintain normal operation even when errors occur at the chip level, enabling a never-dying SSD for the first time in the industry,” the company said. “In the past, failure in just one out of several hundred NAND chips meant having to replace an entire SSD, resulting in system downtime and additional drive replacement costs.”

The virtualization technology allows a single SSD to be subdivided into a maximum of 64 smaller SSDs so that multiple users can have independent virtual workplaces. Samsung said this technology will help cloud storage providers extend their services to a greater number of users.

Utilizing those software technologies, Samsung began mass production of the 19 new products in August. The new products have a wide variety of storage capacity, ranging from 0.8 terabytes to 30.72 terabytes in order to satisfy the diverse needs of its customer companies.

The world’s largest No. 1 SSD maker added it will continue to work on producing industry-leading SSD products to further strengthen its edge as a premium brand.

“We are combining breakthrough speeds and capacities with revolutionary software as we accelerate expansion in the premium SSD market,” said Kyung Kye-hyun, executive vice president of the company’s memory solution product and development division.

The Samsung executive added the company will continue to release industry-leading SSD products. “We plan to introduce additional innovations led by our most advanced sixth-generation V-NAND in helping to trigger a lot more growth in the global IT market,” he said.

Samsung has been leading the fast-growing SSD market with a global market share of 29.6 percent as of the second quarter of 2019, according to data by IHS Markit.

The SSD market, which was estimated at $9 billion in 2013, is expected to grow to $24.1 billion this year and $35.3 billion in 2023.

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