Samsung Electronics launches 800Gbbyte Z-SSD for HPC storage levels

The Z-SSD will offer a new level of storage for today’s artificial intelligence (AI), big data and IoT applications, says Samsung Electronics, based on its high performance, high reliability and low latency.

The 800Gbyte solid state storage drive, the SZ985 Z-SSD, targets the most advanced enterprise applications including supercomputing for AI analysis.

The 800Gbyte Z-SSD provides the most efficient storage solution for high-speed cache data and log data processing, says Samsung, as well as other enterprise storage applications that are being designed to meet rapidly growing demand within the AI, big data and IoT markets.

The single port, four-lane Z-SSD features Z-NAND chips that provide 10 times higher cell read performance than 3-bit V-NAND chips, along with 1.5Gbyte LPDDR4 DRAM and a high performance controller. The use of advanced components enables 1.7 times faster random read performance at 750k input/output operations per second (IOPS), and five times less write latency (at 16-micro seconds), compared to an NVMe SSD PM963, which is based on 3-bit V-NAND chips. The Z-SSD also delivers a random write speed of up to170k IOPS.

Its reliability is such that the 800Gbyte Z-SSD guarantees up to 30 drive writes per day (DWPD) for five years, or a total of 42 petabytes. That translates into storing a total of about 8.4 million 5Gbyte-equivalent full-HD movies during a five-year period. Mean time between failures (MTBF) is two million hours.

Samsung will introduce its new Z-SSD in 800 and 240Gbyte versions at ISSCC 2018 (International Solid-State Circuits Conference), which will be held 11 to 15 February in San Francisco, California, USA.

Samsung Semiconductor Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics and is headquartered in Eschborn near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. It also has and operates offices all over Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The European headquarter is handling the marketing and sales activities of Samsung Electronics’ component businesses units including memory, system LSI, LED and display business in EMEA.

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