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Samsung’s new 512GB SSD is smaller than a stamp!

by Todd Haselton | June 1, 2016June 1, 2016 8:00 am PDT


Samsung recently announced a new solid-state drive (SSD) that’s smaller than a stamp. That’s insane, especially considering that this sort of storage is bound for next-generation computers and notebooks. Why would we need something so small, considering that notebooks have plenty of room? For one, this helps computers get even thinner and lighter, but it also opens up space for other components, like larger batteries.

Samsung said its new VGA NVMe SSD, officially dubbed the not-so-easy to remember “PM971-NVMe,” is an all-in-one solution including NAND flaash, DRAM and a controller. Just so you understand the incredible feat Samsung has achieved here: other SSDs, the kind you might still buy for your laptop or PC, typically measure about 2.5-inches. This product, Samsung says, measures “approximately a hundredth” of a 2.5-inch SSD. You won’t sacrifice on speed, either; Samsung promises read/write speeds up to 1,500MB/s and the ability to move a full HD movie (it estimates a file size of 5GB) in about 3 seconds.

Samsung’s PC partners will be able to get their hands on the new SSDs this month, Samsung said. No word on when you and I will be able to buy one of these over the counter or, more importantly, how much it’ll cost us.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...