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New Interface and Form Factor for Compact SSD Drives in Laptops and Desktops

As computers, particularly laptops, continue to get smaller, components such as storage drives needed to also get correspondingly smaller. With the introduction of solid state drives, it became a bit easier to place them in ever thinner designs like Ultrabooks but the problem then was continuing to use the industry standard SATA interface. Eventually, the mSATA interface was designed to create a thin profile card that could still interact with the SATA interface.

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SSD have gone through a transition in the last 5 years at a very rapid pace. We started with SATA
2 SSD which offered 2x the speed of a HDD about 5 years back. After SATA 2 we had SATA 3 SSD
about 3 years back which offer a maximum of 560 MB/s read 520 MB/s. In the initial years we had
controller failures and firmware glitches which limited the usage of SSD. Over the last couple of
years with SSD controllers maturing and firmwares getting stable the speeds have been climbing.
The failure rate of SSD is recently less than even .1 percent.

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Samsung is back with a new version of its PCIe-based 950 Pro SSDs with the announcement of new 960 Pro and 960 Evo models. Both drives feature 3D NAND (which Samsung refers to as V-NAND) to offer more storage capacity than a traditional 2D NAND methodology would allow. While companies like Intel are releasing their first batches of SDDs with the new technology this year, Samsung has been using 3D NAND for consumer hardware since the release of the popular 850 Pro and 850 Evo SSDs back in 2014.

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When Samsung released the Samsung 750 EVO series SSD some time back everyone was skeptical about the product as samsung already has one of the best products in th market the Samsung 850 EV0 series.

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SSD markets have been growing world wide. Still they are not able to catch up to the volumes of HDD. Also the capacities are a major concern. If you want both super-fast performance and top capacity for your computer, you can have it now, if you’re willing to spend $1,499.99, which is the price of the latest 4TB 850 Evo solid-state drive (SSD) that Samsung announced today.

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For what seemed like an eternity Samsung has been the leader in manufacturing 3D NAND. Starting with the release of the Samsung 850 Pro two years ago, they have paved the way for innovation. 3D NAND brings greater capacity, power efficiency, and lower cost to the consumers. After first announcing their 32-Layer 3D NAND last year in March, we have been patiently awaiting Micron and Intel to finally step into the game to combat Samsung in this regard.

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