Samsung has started producing what it says is the industry’s first 256-gigabit (Gb), three-dimensional Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory.
The chips are based on 48 layers of 3-bit multi-level-cell arrays for use in solid state drives (SSDs).
This is the third generation of Samsung’s V-NAND flash memory technology, and the company said it doubles the density of conventional 128Gb NAND flash chips.
Samsung’s 256Gb 3D V-NAND flash equates to 32 gigabytes (GB) of storage on a single die, and the Korean electronics maker said the new chip will easily double the capacity of Samsung’s existing SSDs.
Currently, Samsung offers a top-of-the-range 2TB SSD, meaning it could “easily” double that to 4TB in its new SSD line-up.
Samsung plans to produce third-generation V-NAND tech throughout the remainder of 2015.
Of course, their 2TB SSDs are relatively new, and so were always going to be pricey – they’re 2TB SSDs after all. But even their 1TB drives cost a pretty penny.
Much as we hate to tread on your dreams, we thought we’d emphasise just how expensive these 4TB SSDs will undoubtedly cost.
For the moment, high capacity requirements will largely be fulfilled by hard disk drives for the good majority of us.
If you’re positive you want an SSD, but are a little cash strapped, we would recommend a more affordable range like OCZ’s Trion 100s.
A 120GB Trion 100 will set you back a reasonable R814 if you purchase it from RebelTech.