Samsung Electronics has launched the 850 Pro, a new solid state drive (SSD) range featuring 3D vertical (V-NAND) flash memory technology.
The new Samsung 850 Pro was unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul. Samsung says the device – available globally across 53 markets from this month – ‘offers a new breed of performance for solid state drives’.
Based on Samsung’s V-NAND technology, the 850 PRO is targeting high-end PCs and workstations.
"Samsung’s V-NAND features a proprietary vertical cell structure and represents a breakthrough in overcoming the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture used in conventional flash memory, yielding significant speed, endurance and energy efficiency improvements," said Samsung in a statement.
The Samsung 850 Pro promises the ‘highest level of performance among SSDs’ using the SATA III (6Gb/s) interface. Its sequential read performance reaches up to 550MB/s, with write performance of up to 520MB/s. Random read performance is up to 100,000 input/output operations-per-second (IOPS), with write speeds of up to 90,000 IOPS.
The drive also offers a Dynamic Thermal Guard feature, which maintains ambient temperature while operating and prevents potential data loss from overheating.
The Samsung 850 PRO will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage capacities.
“With the new 850 Pro V-NAND SSD, Samsung is introducing the next major evolution of SSD technology, taking the lead in delivering high-density SSDs with outstanding endurance, performance and energy efficiency,” said Unsoo Kim, senior VP of branded product marketing team at Samsung Electronics.
The global SSD market is expected to rise from $11 billion in 2013 to around $14.47 billion in 2014 and $23.54 billion in 2017.
Pricing for the Samsung 850 Pro is yet to be announced.