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Samsung's new stamp sized SSD could be heading to next MacBook

Written by Matti Robinson @ 03 Jun 2016 12:23 User comments (2)

Samsung's new stamp sized SSD could be heading to next MacBook

Samsung has introduced a new super small SSD that might only cover your regular postage stamp but can fit 512 gigabytes of data. This PM971-NVMe chip is sized at one hundredth of a normal 2.5 inch SSD you usually see on laptops.
Laptops are becoming smaller by the year and storage this is one of the key things holding them back. Replacing a standard 2.5 inch drive with a miniscule chip like this not only slims the laptop down but also removes some excess weight. This first of it's kind SSD NVMe chip weighs only one gram around 60 rice grains.

Obviously Apple is one of the key partners of Samsung as well as a competitor and it would be (read: have been) hugely important for Samsung's SSDs to grab a deal with the Cupertino giant for their next super slim MacBook. As Apple Insider notes the companies are closely cooperating in SSD space already.

The next question is obviously going to be if it's fast enough for laptops. And yes, in fact, it is. Read and write speeds are 500 MB/s and 900 MB/s respectively which puts it above most SSD drives that you'd find in computers. The chip is manufactured with Samsung's V-NAND technology that packs sixteen 48-layered 256-gigabit chips, an in-house controller and DRAM into one tiny drive.



Samsung will also bring 256 and 128 GB versions available. The mass production has already begun and manufacturers will get their first chips as early as this month.

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2 user comments

18.6.2016 00:47

Not really impressive considering the capacity and speed of a class 10 microsdhc card.

Granted that sdhc cards don't have an independent controller to handle complex storage routines but never-the-less..........not that impressed.

28.6.2016 16:06

Originally posted by hearme0:
Not really impressive considering the capacity and speed of a class 10 microsdhc card.

Granted that sdhc cards don't have an independent controller to handle complex storage routines but never-the-less..........not that impressed.
It isn't about impressing you...or anyone for that matter. Soldering a chip to the mainboard would be great by apple marketing standards.

Look at the iPhone...the difference between the 16GB iPhone 6S and the 128GB iPhone 6S is $200. The cost of a SanDisk class 10 128GB microSD card is under $42...no one would pay $200 for less than $42 in storage if they had an option, that's why the iPhone has no microSD slot. Now Apple sees a way to eliminate aftermarket SSD installs in the MacBook and of course they are interested.

A 600GB microSD runs about $200 from a good brand. By Apple logic, that should mean a difference of $800 between the 16GB and 512GB MacBooks, and you know people will pay it because while apple products don't always "Just Work", they do always "Just Sell".

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