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Samsung Starts Mass Producing Cheaper 4TB SSDs

08 August 2018

You can get a ton of storage for your new laptop - but you'll probably have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Putting a 4TB SSD in the new MacBook Pro immediately adds $3,200 to the cost, for example.

Samsung's QLC SSDs are based on the firm's 1Tb 64-layer V-NAND used in its TLC flash, which stores three bits per cell. At the time, it ensured consumers that the new memory solutions would allow for the creation of solid state drives (SSDs) with significantly increased capacity. This makes it hard to maintain desired performance and speed. It achieves this by using a 3-bit SSD controller and TurboWrite technology.

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Setting the stage for rolling out advanced memory technology to meet the growing demand for faster, more reliable performance across a wide span of applications, Samsung has now said it began mass producing the industry's first 4-bit SATA solid-state drive (SSD) for consumers.

'Samsung's new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers, ' predicts Samsung's Jaesoo Han of the impending launch.

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The new 4 TB drive is expected to be joined by 4-bit 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB 2.5-inch variants later in the year, with enterprise M.2 NVMe variants also in the pipe.

But Sammy is touting read speeds of 540MB/s with sequential write speeds of 520MB/s, though more randomised data in-out speeds weren't mentioned. Each one will also come with a three-year warranty. To truly spark the spread of 4TB SSDs among consumers, Samsung will need to drive the price down in a significant way, and that's what the company is aiming to do with its mass production. In the upcoming 4TB drive, Samsung says that 32 of the aforementioned V-NAND chips are utilised. There will be a 4TB model at some point as well, though Intel has not yet announced pricing for it.

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Samsung Starts Mass Producing Cheaper 4TB SSDs